Pan Gu (盤古)
In the beginning, the heavens and earth were still one and all was chaos. The universe was like a big black egg, carrying the giant Pan Gu inside.
After 18 thousand years, Pan Gu woke from a long sleep. He felt suffocated, so he took up an ax and wielded it with all his might to crack open the egg. The light, clear part of it floated up and formed the heavens, the cold, turbid matter stayed below to form earth.
Pan Gu stood in the middle, his head touching the sky, his feet planted on the earth. He grows taller each day for 18,000 years, gradually pushing them apart until the sky was higher, the earth thicker, and Pan Gu stood between them until they seems fixed and secure.
When Pan Gu died, his breath became the wind and clouds, his voice the rolling thunder. One eye became the sun and the other became the moon. His body and limbs turned to five big mountains and his blood formed the roaring water. His veins became far-stretching roads and his muscles fertile land.
The innumerable stars in the sky came from his hair and beard, and flowers and trees from his skin and the fine hairs on his body.
One version of the legend has it that the fleas and lice on his body became the ancestors of mankind.
© Fumi Sato 2017