The references to Chinese Legends on this webpage include    Chinese legend of Emperor Huangdi who fought his half-brother on the Plain of Zhulu. Loss of black pearl in Chinese legend stories and how it was found by Xiangwang. Myths and legends of China. Blue, red, white, and black Emperors, subdued by Emperor Huangdi in a Chinese legend. Pangu separates sky and earth in Chinese legend. Chinese legend of Pangu whose body changed into myriads of things,winds and clouds, thunder, moon, mountains, roads, and other things. Chinese legends about the moon. Chinese legend stories of how the world was formed. The legends of China, of Emperor Huangdi and about Pangu. English Legend of Saint George who slew a dragon. Myths and legends of China of how men and women were formed from insects. Chinese legend of weapons floating on blood. Absent minded god in Chinese legend about black pearl. Chinese legend story of Pangu growing taller every day.
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Chinese legends about Emperors and the gods they petitioned for guidance and help, are amongst the many Chinese classic stories, that have become subjects of films and television programs. Every country has its share of legends in one form or another, and the Chinese Legends compare favourably with any of them. England has its legend of Saint George who slew a troublesome dragon.
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There are many Chinese Legends about the Emperors, but before they came into existence, Pangu was born and separated Ying and Yang. The Chinese Legend about Pangu, the first born in the universe, and the changes that occured during the last moments of his life, in some ways compare with the religious scriptures about the creation of the world. In the Chinese Legend of Pangu, the ancestors of all men and women of this world were the insects on his body.


Chinese Legend Of Emperor Huangdi And His Half-Brother

Emperor Yangdi shared the country with his half brother Emperor Huangdi.Huangdi ruled by virtue, but Yangdi did not. They fought a battle in the Plain Of Zhulu where so much blood was shed that weapons floated on it.
(Yi Shi - A Book of History.)
      Chinese legend of how Emperor Huangdi fought Emperor Yangdi in the Plain Of Banquan (also called Plain Of Zhulu) His vanguard was made up of bears, wolves, pheasants, eagles and kites.
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Emperor Huangdi And His Black Pearl In A Chinese Legend.

There is a Chinese legend of how Emperor Huangdi traveled to the northern side of the Chishui River and climbed the Kunlun Mountains. On the way back he lost his black pearl. He sent Zhi, a clever god, to find it, but Zhi failed. Then he sent Lizhu, a god with a sharp eye, who also failed.       Then he sent Chigou, a god good at debating, who again failed. The Chinese Legend tells how he finally sent Xiangwang, a careless absent-minded god, and Xiangwang found it. "It is really strange", the Emperor exclaimed, "that Xiangwang should have got it !"

Emperor Huangdi Subdues Four Other Emperors

In the early days of his reign, according to Chinese Legends, Emperor Huangdi was devoted to self-cultivation, he loved his people and had no interest in warfare. Four chiefs, claimed that they were the Blue Emperor, the Red Emperor, the White Emperor and the Black Emperor, according to the color of the direction that each of them was situated. The Chinese Legend says that the four conspired together and daily harassed the frontier areas. The soldiers were always on the alert, unable to take off their helmets and armour for a moment.       Emperor Huangdi said "If the King is not safe, his subjects will have no security. If the King loses his country, his officials will serve other rulers just like women re-marrying other men. Is such a disaster not caused by giving the enemy too much freedom ? Now I am ruler of all the people, but the bandits dare to defy me and provoke my troops frequently."

So he went to the frontier forts and subdued the four Emperors.

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A Chinese Legend Of How Pangu Separates The Sky From The Earth.

According to the Chinese Legend, the sky and the earth were at first one blurred entity, like an egg. Pangu was born into it. The separation of the sky and the earth took eighteen thousand years; the Yang which was light and pure rose to become the sky, and the Yin which was heavy and murky sank to form the earth.Between them was Pangu, who went through nine changes every day, his wisdom greater than that of the sky and his ability greater than that of the earth. Every day the sky rose ten feet higher, the earth became ten feet thicker, and Pangu grew ten feet taller.       Another eighteen thousand years passed, and there was an extremely high sky, an extremely thick earth and an extremely tall Pangu. Then came the three Emperors. The Chinese Legend states that these numbers came into existence and evolved like this:- The numbers begin with one, become established as three, are completed at five, prosper at seven and end in nine. So the sky is ninety thousand li from the earth.
" " " "Pangu, appearing in literature no earlier than about 200 AD, was the first sentient being and creator. In the beginning there was nothing but a formless chaos. Out of this chaos there was born an egg for eighteen thousand years. When the forces of Yin and Yang balanced, Pangu emerged from the egg, and set about the task of creating the world. He separated Yin and Yang with a swing of his great axe. The heavy Yin sank to become the Earth, while the light Yang rose to become the Heavens. Pangu stood between them, and pushed up the sky. At the end of eighteen thousand years, Pangu laid to rest. His breath became the wind; his voice the thunder; left eye the sun and right eye the moon; his body became the mountains and extremes of the world; his blood formed rivers; his muscles the fertile lands; his facial hair the stars and milky way; his fur the bushes and forests; his bones the valuable minerals; his bone marrows sacred diamonds; his sweat fell as rain; and the little creatures on his body (in some versions, the fleas), carried by the wind, became human beings all over the world. " " " " Src: Wikipedia

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Chinese Legend of How Pangu Turns Into Myriads Of Things

Pangu, who was born before anything else, underwent great bodily changes when he was dying. His breath became the winds and clouds, his voice thunder, his left eye the moon, his arms and legs the four poles of the earth, and the five parts of his body, the five mountains. His blood formed the rivers and his veins the roads. His flesh and skin became the soil of the fields       and his hair and moustache the stars. The fine hair on his skin turned into grasses and trees, his teeth and bones became metals and rocks. His marrow changed to pearls and jade and his sweat fell as rain that nourished all things. The insects on his body, caressed by the winds, took the shape of men and women.
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