Saddened by the destruction of her people, Nu Gua gave birth to a ball of flesh.
The gods sliced the ball into tiny pieces and carried them into heaven.
There, a gust of wind scattered the pieces all over the world.
As each piece landed on earth, a person sprang up, filling the world again with people.
Throughout the Han dynasty, the Chinese creation goddess, Nu Gua, was said to be married to the god Fu Xi.
The couple were portrayed with human heads and entwined serpentine tails.