Thursday, February 07, 2008

'Creationism' in old Chinese New Year legend

The seventh day of the Chinese New Year is interesting because it is a very important day in the Lunar Calender to celebrate the Birthday of Humanity or Renri. Contrary to popularly mistaken understanding, traditional Chinese culture does have its own written legends of The Creation which holds that the 'heaven' and earth as well as all human beings, animals and plants on it were physically made by some higher beings like Pan Gu. To be sure, as my late grandmother used to tell me in the 1970s when I was a child that nobody had believed these legends literally anymore even when she was a kid in the early 1900s. But, I always believe that the legends serve the purpose of reminding us symbolically, whether Chinese or not, of our common humanity.

Ancient temple in China to add an Indian hall

Muslims in China begin to celebrate Ramadan

A multiethnic , multinational campus in China


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