Mythology Overview

By Brian LaFond and Kyle McLaren

Narrative originally retold by J.F. Bierlein

The following story is based upon a Chinese creation myth. In the beginning nothing existed except for chaos. This chaos was known as Hundun. One day the Emperor of the North Sea and the Emperor of the South Sea found Hundun. They saw that he was incomplete; missing the seven orifices that are needed for seeing, hearing, speaking, smelling, reproducing, and eliminating. These two powerful gods shocked Hundun with their thunderbolts. The two gods would drill one hole into Hundun every day for seven days. Hundun died in the process, however. If one combines Hu and Shu, the word Hu-shu is formed. Hu-shu means “lightning” in Chinese. This is when the work of creation started; when lightning pierced chaos.356px-Gustave_Moreau_006.jpg

Interpreted by Kyle McLaren and Brian LaFond

The original Chinese myth of creation explores the traditional theory that began life, and the story of an ominous foundation of all that exists, still is spoken to this day. Two Chinese Emperors struck the manifestation of chaos and discord, Hundun, with lightning, and as Hundun was stuck, the creation of the seven orifices of life; seeing, hearing, speaking, smelling, reproducing, and eliminating, was formed. The value of this myth establishes why humans inherit seven orifices, and the Chinese Emperors are responsible for the creation of the orifices. This ancient myth is a look into the crescendo of creation, and the significance of how lightning pierced chaos is portrayed.

Even though the story is rather short it would have given the listener a possible explanation of how the world came to be. “As we have seen, myth is the first fumbling attempt to explain how things happen, the ancestor of science. It is also the attempt to explain why things happen, the sphere of religion and philosophy.

Myth is a history of prehistory, and it tells us what might have happened before written history” (Bierlein, pg 5). As long as the human race is a curious people, they will constantly strive for an answer to the age old question, “Where was the beginning, and how, and when, and why, and who?” These age old myths are the closest solution that could be given, but almost as if given a false hope, the human race continues to strive for more of an answer.


Mythology Information

There are many views and definitions of the word myth. Myths usually describes something that goes beyond our own 5 senses. Something such as Anthropomorphism. Anthropomorphism is the projection of human-like characteristics onto animals, non-living objects, and ideas. This concept is a major application in many myths around the world. Examples include "The Coyote and the Origin of Death", "Water Jar Boy", and "Crow Brings the Daylight". "[M]yth is the first fumbling attempt to explain how things happen, the ancestor of science. It is also the attempt to explain why things happen, the sphere of religion and pholosophy. It is a history of prehistory, telling us what might have happened before written history" (Bierlein, 5).

Types of Myths:

There are two types of Myths: Linear and Cyclical. "We live in a generally linear conception of history: It begins at a fixed point and progresses in a straight line toward the present day.In Christianity, Judaism, and Marxism, time moves toward an end of history, whether an apocalypse or the establishment of a utopia. There is a past point and a future point of ending. Viewed Cyclically, however, history is merely a procession of identical cycles. There are eternal, endlessly repeating principles. In such a world view, linear history and chronologies mean very little, as they are dwarfed by the eternal principles manifested in the cycles" (Bierlein, 19).

Traits in Myths:

(Note: All traits are used from J.F. Bierlein's Parallel Myths. They provide information of what can be found in a myth.)
  • Myth is a constant among all human beings in all times. This is because myth is a shared heritage of ancestral memories, related conciously from generation to generation.

  • Myth is a telling of events that happened before written history, and of a sense of what is to come.

  • Myth is a unique use of language that describes the realities beyond our 5 sense.

  • Myth is the "glue" that holds societies together.

  • Myth is an essential ingredient in all codes of moral conduct.

  • Myth is a pattern of beliefs that give meaning to life.