History KS2: How People Were Created

Historian Michael Wood visits a farmer's festival in the plain of the Yellow River to honour the gods FuXi and NuWa.

They are are said to have created the first people from the yellow mud of the Yellow River.

He learns that the Chinese creation myth is surprisingly very similar to the Christian story of Adam and Eve.

This short film is from the BBC series, The Story of China. A series exploring the stories, people and landscapes that have helped create China's distinctive character over four thousand years.

Teacher Notes

You could ask your pupils to describe how the festival is celebrated and what it would be like being there along with one million people.

You could also ask them to recount the myth. What is the significance of the 'yellow mud' from the Yellow River?

Finally, you could compare the Chinese creation myth with the Christian version - that of Adam and Eve - or any other creation myths they have come across. What do they have in common? How are they different?

Curriculum Notes

This short film is relevant for teaching history at Key Stage 2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at Second Level in Scotland.

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