女娲造人 Nǔ Wa Makes People – Sue Su

瞳莖뒈역근돨離역迦,莖唐죄格捺、墩좋뵨槿槿,뒈唐죄뇽꿇컁,冷唐죄戴녔쿰艱,옵角홱깻청唐훙잚。

큽域角寧몸큽, 劒唐붤쟤벧돨침랬。唐寧莖,큽域浬瞳쨌,였돕鷺鍋돨쒼蹶붤쳄,뎃角얾돤렷끽뮤데。劒얾돤瞳侶莖뒈裂쇌,壇맡警寧듐痂척땜鮫쏵혼,횻劍폭퇀꺾폅윱。옵角警寧듐痂척땜鮫쏵혼켱?

浬가浬가,劒浬돤唐硅튁얜죄,앎瞳寧몸넥綾텃긋뚱苟윱。널낳돨넥彊亮숨죄劒돨충휭뵨緞;劒揆,넥彊쟁돨緞綾冷蕨淪劒揆;劒솝陋폭,넥彊쟁돨緞綾冷蕨淪劒폭。劒빔횔쥣샙寧땡:“槨痂척꼇눼芚寧蘆獗菱성寧湳돨膠속흙돕各쇌켱?”

拳淪,劒앎糠癎닒넥긋얻폅寧考뼝콧,끄뵨죄彊,瞳癎쟁휸考淪,휸考淪,휸考냥죄뒤寧몸坤坤친湳돨鬼땜鮫。劒겉侶몸鬼땜鮫렴돕뒈충。綱冷펜밍,侶몸콧쿳돨鬼소삼,먼寧쌈뇰뒈충,앎삶죄폅윱,깻할역왯앎별:“쮜쮜!”쌈淪寧黎菫멕꽃죠돨契禿뵨뻑빌,깊刻儉삿돤츱돨뻑있。

큽域였淪劒항癎눼芚돨侶몸니츠쳄쟝돨膠,棠桂숨“쮜쮜”돨별,꼇譚돤찮懃뻑毆。劒못劒懃갖돨벚綾혤죄寧몸츰俚,싻隣“훙”。훙돨竟祛횔鬼,뎃凜槨角큽눼芚돨,宮챵뵨앨땡冷唐硅獗,杰鹿뵨페儉돨땡膠떼꼇谿。

큽域뚤黨劒돨鱗틔먁돕붤찮雷。黨角,劒棠셨崎땡癎隣劒돨묏鱗,劒痰뼝콧隣죄冀뜩콘綱삔浬돨옵갖돨鬼훙랏。侶硅鬼훙랏瞳劒돨鷺鍋契禿뻑빌,賈劒렷끽멕菫뵨갛恝。닒늪,劒疼冷꼇먁돕뮤뗌、셔캄죄。

劒寧懃狼횻侶硅鬼膠꼈찮댕뒈。뎃角,댕뒈귄씁格댕죄,劒묏鱗죄冀씹,뻘청唐댐돕劒돨雷毒,랍劒굶훙綠쒔작섐죄。離빈,劒拳놔죄寧몸없췸돨눼芚훙잚돨렘랬。劒윗苟寧係왹暻,흙寧몸콧繭쟁,슷냥죄삳뼝돨콧쉬,蕨뒈충侶척寧뿐히,콧듐쉐쭝돨뒈렘,앎놔君죄冀뜩鬼鬼돨싻淪契淪돨훙랏,뵨邱품痰뼝콧쿳냥돨鬼훙랏,섯빎寧친寧湳。첼몸鬼훙랏떼瞳별淪“쮜쮜”“쮜쮜”。

댕뒈祛횔唐죄훙잚,큽域돨묏鱗홱깻청唐老岺。劒棠옘쪄淪:훙角狼价空돨,价空죄寧툽疼눼芚寧툽찐?侶灌출格쮸럼죄。等湳꼽콘賈儉쳬셨崎닸苟혼켱?侶옵角寧몸켜痙。

빈윱劒老黨拳놔죄寧몸곗랬,앎角겉컸硅鬼훙랏롸槨켕큽,횻켕훙뵨큽훙토북폅윱,싻儉쳬菱성혼눼芚빈덜。侶湳,훙잚앎옵鹿各各덜덜축儺苟혼。


At the very beginning of the world, there was the sun, the moon and stars in the sky; there were mountains, rivers, grasslands and forests with animals on the earth. However, there were no human beings.

Nǔ Wa was a goddess with magnificent magic. One day, when she walked along the road, she saw very beautiful scenery around her, but she felt so lonely. She thought something should be added into this world to make it lively. But what?

She felt tired after walking so long, so she knelt down to rest by a pond. Then through the limpid water, she saw the reflection of her face and body. When she smiled, the reflection smiled back, and when she scowled, the reflection scowled back. Enlightened by the reflections, she said to herself, Why don’t I make some living creatures like me for this world?!

At the same time, she scooped some mud from the side of the pond, mixed it with some water, and then made it into a small sculpture. To her amazement, once the sculpture touched the ground, it became alive, and started to call Nǔ Wa “mum.” Then the child danced and cheered to show happiness for its new life.

Nǔ Wa was happy when the creature she’d just created said, “Mum.” She named her beloved child “People.” The body of people was tiny, but as it was created by the goddess, its appearance and mannerisms resembled hers, and were very different from other animals.

As Nǔ Wa was satisfied with her creature, she continued to make more adorable small people with mud. Being surrounded by these small people singing and cheering around her, Nǔ Wa felt delighted and since then, she never felt lonely anymore.

Nǔ Wa intended to fill up the whole world with these creatures, but the planet was too huge for her to finish her mission. And she was already exhausted before she even got halfway to realising her dream. At last, she came up with an amazing idea to create people. She dragged a rusty rattan and reached it into a muddy pond, then whisked the water into the slurry before splashing it onto the ground. Once the splash touched the ground, clusters of small people appeared, and they were exactly the same as what she made by hand before. Every small creature was jumping, cheering and calling Nǔ Wa, “mum!”

Well, now, there were human beings in the world, but Nǔ Wa’s work was not finished quite yet. She started to consider another situation: What if human beings died, do I have to create other clusters of them again? Hm, that’s too much work. How to ensure human beings’ continual survival? It is such a tricky situation!

After a long time thinking, she finally got an idea! She made all human beings into men and women, then matched them so they could reproduce. In that way, human beings could continue to be in the world without her intervention forever.



Sue Su is a Cambridge CELTA-qualified teacher with fluent English and Mandarin currently teaching Mandarin as a modern foreign language in the British School of Nanjing whilst tutoring English and Chinese privately.

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