Pangu (Chinese盘古/柈 古, Pinyin Pángǔ, also:盘古 氏/柈 古 氏, Pángǔshì, Mr. Pangu ') is in Chinese mythology, the first living things on Earth.

Creation myth

From the primeval chaos in the form of a hen's egg in the creation myth of the cosmic principle of Yin and Yang was born (two complementary poles that are both origin and the essence of all things ). From this egg also Pangu was born.

Pangu stands as a world axis at the center of heaven and earth. His appearance must have been dwarfed initially. After 18,000 years, cleared the mess, and divided into yin (earth) and yang (heaven). Every day the sky grew up and the earth solidified and fell down. In the same measure Pangu grew until he became after another 18,000 years to a giant whose body was from the earth to the sky.

He ended his life by a self-sacrifice, and formed out of his body in a cosmogony of the universe. His breath became the wind, his voice thunder, his left eye to the sun, the right was the moon, from his body were formed the four poles and five major mountains, his blood showed the rivers, teeth and bone were the metals be hair the plants, his saliva the rain and adhering to it vermin humanity. Seeds and bone marrow were pearls and jade.

Similar myths

Similar primal being who created the world out of itself, were in the mythology of the Kalmyks Manzaschiri, whose name is derived from the bodhisattva Manjushri, and the Indian prehistoric man Purusha ..