Pangu 盤古 was the first being born out of formless chaos. For 18,000 years Pangu grew in a cosmic egg, working ceaselessly to create order by separating the clear yang from the turbid yin. The clear became the egg white, the turbid the yolk. Out of these he created heaven and earth. Each day heaven rose ten feet, earth expanded ten feet, and Pangu grew ten feet taller. After incubating for 18,000 years Pangu hatched from the egg and and laid down to rest. His breath became the wind, his voice the thunder. His left eye became the sun, his right eye the moon. His limbs and trunk became the mountain ranges. His blood became the rivers, his flesh the fertile soil. His hair and beard became the stars and the Milky Way, his fur the trees and forests. His teeth and bones became minerals and metals. The marrow of his bones became jade and pearls. His sweat became the rain and the dew. And when the wind blew, the fleas on his fur became fish and animals. Thus the world was born.
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