Nü Gua

This illustration is part of a series that was based on creation myths from all over the world. Their richness and big variety is a source of inspiration to me. Sometimes the stories are astonishingly beautiful but they can also be very cruel or surprisingly humorous. I’m still stimulated by the abundance of amazing stories that try to explain the reason for our existence. That’s why it is an ongoing project for personal work.

Nü Gua (China)

The Chinese goddess Nü Gua, half serpent half human, felt lonely on earth so she began to create the first animals and humans. She sculpted each human individually out of yellow clay. After she created many of beautiful figures this way, she had grown tired and there still weren’t enough of them to populate the entire planet. So she dipped  a vine in clay and swung it around above her head so blobs of clay landed everywhere and each blob became a person. They didn’t look as beautiful as the first figures leading to a class system…

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