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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 1, A Gentle Omnipotence—China Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 1, A Gentle Omnipotence—China Summary and Analysis

Ancient Chinese texts tell of a period known as The Era of The Great Purity. It is described in the Chang Tzu as a "time when all was innocent and the human relationship with nature was harmonious." The texts explain that humans destroyed their paradise by defacing the environment through mining and logging, hunting and fishing, and the use of fire. This period of unbalance is referred to as the Great Cosmic Struggle. Archeological evidence from the provinces along the Hwang Ho (Yellow River) suggests that the Great Cosmic Struggle had begun by at least 4000 B.C.

The image of the Goddess of ancient China takes on the characteristics of water. She is in constant motion, without a beginning or end. She is seen in the metaphor of the river water...

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