P'an Ku and the Big Bang Theory


Currently we are doing a mini unit on the elements of civilization, origin myths, and genre studies, all combined in one sweet and sour salad. Alliteration aside, while reading the origin myth involving Chaos, Pan Ku and the Taoist Chinese origin myth in a children’s book (will provide reference later), I discovered an interesting connection: the egg that Chaos is trapped in, struggles, and bursts forth is parallel to the scientific “big bang” theory that explains the beginning of the universe, its expansion, and its age. What I found so significant was the fact that an origin myth so closely aligned with scientific fact.

Well, I guess I’m not the only one who’s made this connection:



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“pan ku.” Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 15 Nov. 2008. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pan ku>.