Fu Xi 伏儀
Fu xi 伏儀 is a legendary god in the mythology of ancient China.
According to a legend, by imitating the spider, he created a net to catch fish and animals. He invented the musical instrument, composed music and designed the ancient calendar.
When the land was swept by a great flood, he married his younger sister, Nuwa 女媧, and started the reproduction of offspring. Thus they became the ancestors of the Chinese.
In the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - 220), Nuwa and Fu Xi were carved on stone as figures with human heads and bodies of snakes. They are human-shaped from the waist up, but are snake-like below. The lower bodies are entangled together with each other.
Fu xi is also said to have established Bagua, the Eight Diagrams used in divination.
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