February 21

Why Do We Tell Myth?

Why do we tell myth? Well first of all what is a myth. I think a myth is traditional story that explain some natural environment. Those stories are usually not true but people believe in it. Also, it’s different from mythology. If you want to know more, click the link. The LINK. And this LINK to see some examples.

People do things for a reason. Don’t tell me you don’t! Same as people telling myths. So why do people tell myths? I think the reason why people tell mythes is because like what I mentioned above, they want to explain some natural environment for example why is there rain, and why the sky is so high up?

Today I’ll be sharing a ancient Chinese myth with you guys. It’s called 盘古开天地 (Beginning of life). So the story was set long long time ago, when the sky and land were all mixed together like a huge egg. Inside the egg there was a giant sleeping who had a lot of muscles and he was sleeping for 18 thousand years. His name was 盘古 ( Pangu) . One day when he finally woke up, he opened his eyes but he could see nothing because it was too dark inside the egg. He was really angry about it so he used his power and got a big axe and swung it hard towards the shell of the egg. After the egg was broken, the clean,white and light stuff start rising, which become the sky. And the other dark, dirty and heavy things start falling, which became the land. That how the sky and land are separated and created. But the Pangu afraid that they are coming back to each other so he stand on his feet and push the sky with his hand. Everyday, Pangu grows up one meter and the land got one more meter thick and the sky got one more meter heigh. And after another 18 thousand years, the land was really thick and the sky was really high. Eventually, Pangu fell on the ground and died because he was too tired. After he died, his arms and legs became the mountains, his blood became rivers, his skins and hairs became trees and flowers, the breath he used to have because the wind and cloud and his right eye become the sun and the left eye become the moon. Oh, I forgot…….. the end. 🙂

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This myth is explaining how our planet earth is created. You can see them from the later part of the story where it said “After the egg was broken……..”, which talked about how the sky and land was created. And explained why and how we have the sun, the moon, the rivers…, you can see it from “After he died………” I think there’s some more reasons why we tell myths, like the myths that has morals which teaches people things. What do you think?

Posted February 21, 2014 by 20zhangs in category English

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