Nu Wa Patches up the Sky

Text from "Shanghai on Internet"

Various graphics from ancient chinese scriptures

( research done by Sahaja Yoga Hongkong webpage team)

[ * standard Chinese characters in Big-5 codes ]


本圖 摘自:《中國文史百科》浙江人民出版社,張玳年編,

A nearly female figure in Chinese mythology is the goddess Nu Wa (sometimes Nu Kua). According to one legend it was she who was the creator of mankind.

The earth was a beautiful place with blossoming trees and flowers, and full of animals, birds, fish and all living creatures. But as she wandered about it Nu Wa felt very lonely. She bent down and took up a handful of earth, mixed it with water and molded a figure in her likeness. As she kneaded it the figure came alive -the first human being. Nu Wa was so pleased with her creation that she went on making more figures both men and women. They danced around her cheerily and loneliness was dispelled.

Nu Wa is defined in China's earliest dictionary by the philologist Xu Shen ( c.58-147) as being " in charge of breeding of all living things", so possibly her origin is associated with fertility.

In some versions of the legend Nu Wa is said to have been both the sister and the wife of Fu Xi, the legendary ruler who was credited with teaching man to domesticate animals and to have taught people matrimony.

: 《生命之樹》(中國社會科學出版社,北京,1995)


Nu Wa and Fu Xi were pictured as having snake like tails interlocked, with a child between them in an Eastern Han dynasty ( A. D. 25-220) mural in the Wu-liang Temple in Jiaxiang county, Shandong province. She was credited with, among other things, the invention of the sheng reed pipes.

Another legend tells how she patched up the sky. Two deities, called in one version Gong Gong, the God of Water and Zhu Rong, the God of Fire were in battle. They fought all the way from heaven to earth, causing turmoil everywhere. The God of Fire won, and in anger the God of Water struck his head against Buzhou Mountain ( a mythical peak supposed to be northwest of the Kunlun range in southern Xinjiang ). The mountain collapsed and down came the big pillar that held heaven from earth. Half the sky fell in, leaving a big black hole. The earth cracked open, forests went up in flames, floodwaters sprouted from beneath the earth and dragons, snakes and fierce animals leaped out at the people. Many people were drowned and more were burned or devoured. It was an unprecedented disaster.

Nu Wa was grieved that mankind which she had created should undergo such suffering. She decided to mend the sky and end this catastrophe. She melted together various kinds of colored stones and with the molten mixture patched up the sky. Then she killed a giant turtle and used its four legs as four pillars to support the fallen part of the sky. She caught and killed a dragon and this scared the other beasts away. The she gathered and burned a huge quantity of reeds and with the ashes stopped the flood from spreading, so that the people could live happily again.

The only trace left of the disaster, the legend says, was that the sky slanted to the northwest and the earth to the southeast, and so, since then, the sun, the moon and all the stars turn towards the west and all the rivers run southeast.


(1) 女媧煉石補天
引自"中國文化研究院" 網頁 (http://www.chiculture.net ) (中國上古神話專頁 )
(2) 中华始祖——女娲 ( 華夏文化網絡雜誌)
(3 )女媧  http://www.greatchinese.com/emperors/ruwa.htm
(4) ......传说她以黄土造人,炼五色石补天,折鳖足撑四极,平洪水杀猛兽,人类始得以安居。传说她是人首蛇身,在中国神话中,她用泥土创造了人类......                       ( 中國百科全書)

Further reading in Chinese language: Legends of "the Chinese Trinity" in Issue 3 & 4 of
Sahaja Yoga Chinese Newsletter




Now also look at some images from mythologies of other ancient culture (India, Greek, even Romans) - with the Serpent as an metaphor for Kundalini Awakening

Primordial Creation
Tree of life, as described in Bible, Koran, Vedas, etc
Roman God of Mercury with serpent which is an alchemical symbol for the process of psychic metamorphosis
 Greek God of Healing, Asclepius holding a staff (named as Caduceus) entwined with 2 serpents


 有關卐字又與太極圖、女媧、雙龍繞柱圖、靈蛇,以及 古希臘神話中"醫治之神"Asclepius手中神棒上
的雙蛇繞棒象徵 (後演變成西方醫療的符號 ) 之間的關係 ......及作為喚醒靈量(昆達里尼)的圖騰隱喻......
霎哈嘉瑜伽中文通訊第 2 、3、4期 ,自有交代


Further reading in Chinese language: Legends of "the Chinese Trinity" in Issue 3 & 4 of
Sahaja Yoga Chinese Newsletter