Creation of the Gods Prime – Bilb-weil.de

Creation of the Gods, published in the Ming Dynasty , is the most popular and one of the best, if not also the best written, Chinese classics of mythical literature It begins with the grand pilgrimage of King Zhou of the Shang DynastyBCBC , the most notorious tyrant in Chinese legend, to worship the Goddess Nu Wa, the creator of mankind in Chinese mythology, on her birthday The beauty of the goddess completely bewitched the monarch and sets him on fire with lust His poem written on the wall to express his deep love for the goddess infuriates her She decided to punish the king and bring an end to the Shang Dynasty The novel culminates with the crowning of King Wu of Zhou DynastyBC BC and the canonization of gods by his prime minister Jiang Ziya However, the Chinese was a nation mostly composed of polytheists, who believed that there were numerous gods in the Three Realms Heaven, World, and Hell that rules over everything in this world and created various deities to suit their varied desires and needs Most of the gods anti deities were posthumously canonized historical national heroes and upright officials who were believed to have been heavenly deities sent to this world to deliver mankind from misery In fact the roots of many of such popular beliefs and legend are found in Creation of the Gods Therefore, the novel is not simply a piece of literature, but very much an agglomeration of folk beliefs and religion It is in fact a valuable and indispensable tool in understanding the Chinese folk culture


10 thoughts on “Creation of the Gods

  1. Mel Mel says:

    For the past month and a bit I ve been reading the Ming dynasty novel Creation of the Gods in translation The translation I have is by Gu ZhiZhong and seems to be the only English language translation available It s unfortunately been abridged, there are still a 100 chapters and over a 1000 pages but it leaves you wondering what they left out The novel is in a lot of ways quite similar to Journey to the West though everyone is Daoist instead of Buddhist But there is a lot of magic and kung f For the past month and a bit I ve been reading the Ming dynasty novel Creation of the Gods in translation The translation I have is by Gu ZhiZhong and seems to be the only English language translation available It s unfortunately been abridged, there are still a 100 chapters and over a 1000 pages but it leaves you wondering what they left out The novel is in a lot of ways quite similar to Journey to the West though everyone is Daoist instead of Buddhist But there is a lot of magic and kung fu and battles between immortals and from time to time even the gods themselves get involved, including the deified Lao Zi The story is set at the downfall of the Shang dynasty and covers the establishment of the Zhou However such historical settings should not lead you to believe that this in anything other than a fantastic story My favorite thing was the constant references to the three teachings of Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism, none of which had started by the time of the story roughly 1000BCE Despite all the extravagant trappings I found that the story had some very interesting insights The biggest theme of the story was duty to heaven versus duty to your ruler It was a story without real heroes of villains, the author very clearly wrote that everyone s motives were good, some felt their duty was to the dynasty, others who seemedaware were able to tell that the mandate had gone and the dynasty should be opposed Even the evil spirits leading the Emperor astray were said to be doing the will of Heaven It was fascinating.Another nice theme in the book was the role of women Women were almost always portrayed as the equal of men This was particularly interesting as the claims against the Emperor were that he was wasting all his time with women But the women were intelligent and fierce warriors fighting alongside the men It was a most enjoyable read I felt that some of the battles towards the middle had lost a little in translation and probably would have looked much better on screen, but it was still an amusing and interesting book that even managed to be a little disturbing at times


  2. Aaron Aaron says:

    This is the first classic Chinese literature that I read Overall, it was a good read but I find quite a few parts being repetitive Whenever one side suffered defeat, they will just retreat and get help from outsiders to win back the battle In my opinion, there are too many characters hence, I cannot see much development in the characters In this story, people just come and go easily with the exception of the few main characters The fighting segments were decent but it is too short in my opi This is the first classic Chinese literature that I read Overall, it was a good read but I find quite a few parts being repetitive Whenever one side suffered defeat, they will just retreat and get help from outsiders to win back the battle In my opinion, there are too many characters hence, I cannot see much development in the characters In this story, people just come and go easily with the exception of the few main characters The fighting segments were decent but it is too short in my opinion The fights can be explained in 1 or 2 sentence and that is it but that is because there were too many characters and too many things happening in 1 go