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Examining The Kongpo Creation Myth


By James Donahue


Watching a late-night television documentary about a quest by French researcher Frederique Darragon in southwestern China and Tibet, a brief mention of local mythology caught our attention.


Darragon visited and photographed an estimated 200 strange multisided towers throughout the region for the Discovery Channel special. She also took samples of wooden floor beams and carbon dated them. Some of the towers were up to 1,200 years old.


While their origins were not included in local mythology of the region, the natives had a strange name for the towers . . . bdud khang, or “demon houses.” All were open structures, most had window type openings at different levels, and were several floors or stories tall. No one seems to know why they were built or who make them.


The documentary stated that the Kongpo people consider themselves Tibetan. “They all believe in the creation myth of the children of the she-demon and the monkey,” a report on the Discovery Channel website said.


“The contemporary Jiarong and Minyag people as well as the Tamang of Nepal, who are also Buddhist, and the Qiang Zu, who are not Buddhist, also believe in the same creation myth.”


Why is this significant?


It means that local mythology carries a story that precedes Buddha. Also significant is that the myth appears to be the backbone of whatever religious belief system exists for the Qiang Zu people. The story has continued to exist in spite of the fact that the territory is under the rule of Communist China, where religious belief systems have been discouraged for about half a century.


Because the people of the area are illiterate and isolated from the outside world, tracking the origins of the myth and the builders of the towers was blocked from Darragon, even though she traveled to the area on several occasions and spent a lot of time with the native people.


The stories were almost non-existent.


Non-existent except for that one thread . . . the creation story involving the children of the she-demon and the monkey. Where did that originate?


Anyone who has studied the ancient stories in the Book of Enoch, Epic of Gilgamesh and even the Book of Genesis, knows that ancient myths strongly suggest that something quite profound occurred on Earth an estimated 40,000 years ago.


Some theorists have suggested alien contact. Could the Genesis story of the “sons of god” or “Nibiru” as suggested by author Zecharia Sitchen be more than a myth? Did visitors from another planet or perhaps another dimension come to Earth and alter the genetic makeup of the primate, turning the ape into a human?


The old stories say that the first woman, Lilith, was a hairy ape. Eve, Adam’s second wife, was hairless.


The stories speak of gods that came out of the sky and fornicated with the women. The offspring were children who became giants on the Earth. The implantation of new genetic information in the cells of unborn primates could have been interpreted as “fathering” these altered children.


That the children were clearly different is reflected in the description of them as “giants.” That does not necessarily mean that they were larger in stature, although it might have reflected a more upright stance. What was more apparent was that the children were bright and hairless. They grew up to be a superior race of humans living in a world of apes. Indeed, they were giants among the natives.


It is odd that the natives of Tibet would remember the women who bore these children as “she-demons.” Indeed, the spiritual beings that walk the Earth on an astral plane, telling of visions and reading tarot cards are still marked in many religious circles as witches or even souls possessed by demons.


That these women were presumed to have submitted to the sexual desires of the gods marked them as she-demons. That they were hairy primates and less than contemporary Homo sapien when this occurred may be reflected in the “monkey” part of the myth.