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    Even gods and goddesses have bad hair days!

The writing of mythological tales in ancient China began in the Wei and Jin Dynasties (220-420), when various writers, influenced by the alchemist's ideas and Taoist and Buddhist superstitions, were interested in inventing stories about gods and ghosts. Some of them show their unusual imagination and mastery of the written language.

You know by now that gods and goddesses of most world mythologies are not perfect. Let’s face it – their stories were created by humans, who are definitely imperfect. Many world cultures have moved away from worshipping multiple gods, and the world has changed immensely since the early days of ancient China. But, imagine how an ancient Chinese god or goddess would handle problems in today’s society.

On these pages, you will research an ancient Chinese god or goddess and place him/her in a modern day problem. For example, how would Nu Wa, the creator goddess of fertility, handle an infertile couple striving to have a baby? How would the Three Gods of Happiness - Fu Hsing, Lu Hsing, and Shou Hsing - handle the American deficit?

Include on your page:

    • your god's name
    • a picture of your god
    • the myth associated with the god
    • your opinion of the god
    • a brief, original scenario in which you describe how this god would handle a modern-day problem
    • a picture or video that relates to the problem with which the god is dealing
Here are some resources to help you get started on your research:
    1. http://www.crystalinks.com/chinamythology.html
    2. http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/chinese-mythology.php?_gods-list
    3. http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/m/monkey.htm
    4. just for kicks (Chinese superheroes) - http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/c/china.htm