THE PAINTINGS OF ANNIE WONG LEUNG KIT WAH
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Nu Wa

According to Chinese Legend, Nu Wa was Mother Earth, and a symbolic figure in the genesis of humanity.

It is recorded in the "Songs of Chu" and "Huai Nan Zhi" that during the time when Pan Gu created the universe, there were no human beings. Nu Wa appeared and moulded human figures out of clay with her bare hands. Arousing the sympathyt of the gods and goddesses, many of them came to help. Huang Di differentiated humans into males and females; Shang Pian added ears and eyes; and Song Lin added arms, hands and palms. It is said that Nu Wa made seventy human figures in one day. She also instituted marriage to unite men and women so that mankind could perpetuate through procreation.

Her efforts enraged the God of Thunder, Gong Gong,, who struck Bu Zhou Mountain with all his might, causing the tilting and cracking of the earth. A great deluge followed and ferocious beasts roamed the land. In a valiant effort to save mankind, Nu Wa toiled incessantly to melt the Five-Colour Rocks to mend the hole in the sky. She chopped off the legs of the Magic Turtle and used them as columns to support the four quarters of the earth. Finally she killed the menacing Black Dragon and stopped the deluge. In bringing the catastrophe to an end, Nu Wa showed her boundless love for mankind, enabling it to regain hopes for a bright future.





NU WA-sketch

設色紙本
INK & COLOUR
ON PAPER

184.5 X 95.5 cm , 2003