Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.
Cangjie is a Chinese legendary figure that I had to share with you just because the guy is so WEIRD. He was said to have four eyes. Isn't that so messed up?
And he invented the Chinese characters used in writing.
Emperor Huangdi, the "Yellow Emperor," realized that the quipu method of record keeping (tying knots in threads) was not very efficient or accurate. So Cangjie was put in charge of creating a new system.
One day, Cangjie noticed the tracks left behind by animals. He got the idea that he could
So Cangjie is not typically seen as a god, per se, but a legendary character who created the first written system in China. This is pretty important, as written language is usually considered one of the pillars of civilization.
But still, what's up with having four eyes???