Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sculpture of Chinese Goddess Nv Wa unveiled ... UN headquarters in Vienna.


10:00, November 22, 2012

VIENNA, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- A sculpture of the Chinese Goddess Nv Wa was unveiled Wednesday at the UN headquarters in Vienna to mark the international efforts to protect the ozone Layer.

The 4.1-meter-high sculpture, designed and donated by Chinese artist Yuan Xikun, is inspired by the old Chinese legend "Nv Wa Patches up the Sky" and symbolizes the need to protect the ozone layer.

The event was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, and the 20th anniversary of relevant programs launched by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

"As a signatory country of the Montreal Protocol, China is also actively involved in the program of the Protection of the Ozone Layer, and has created noteworthy achievements under the coordination of UNIDO," Cheng Jingye, China's permanent representative to the UN and other international organizations in Vienna, said at the unveiling ceremony.

The Montreal Protocol, adopted in 1987, is considered crucial in the efforts to restore and protect the ozone layer by phasing-out various substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion.

In 1992, UNIDO became the fourth implementing agency of the Montreal Protocol. It has been playing a positive role in international programs of ozone layer protection since then and was chosen as the best implementing agency for nine consecutive years.

China is considered to be one of the countries which have implemented the largest number of protection programs organized by UNIDO.


 I don't know who this Goddess is --- okay, some little brief research says she's Nu Wa, Mother Creator Goddess.  She is a Goddess that is part serpent, part human, if my recollection of long-ago research serves me!  I didn't recognize the name immediately because in the West, she is also known as Nu Gua (varies from region to region such as Nu Kua, Ku Gua, Neu Kwa, Cang Jing or NYwa (the Y has an umlaut over it.)

More information on Nu Wa a/k/a Nu Gua:

Wikipedia (among other things, mentions that Nüwa is also regularly called the "Snake Goddess". Also mentions that ...[Emperor] Zhou [of Shang Dynasty] was completely overcome with lust at the very sight of the beautiful ancient goddess Nüwa (who had been sitting behind a light curtain) --

This reminded me very much of a scene from "The Golden Child" where a character played by Eddie Murphy descends into a basement to meet up with a mysterious "woman" who may provide him with some answers he has been seeking.  He goes into a room that has a section divided off by semi-sheer white curtains.  Then he hears a noise that seems to be a rattling kind of sound, similar perhaps to the noise a rattle snake would make.  And then he sees the shadow of a shapely woman cast upon the white curtain -- from behind it.  It is the woman herself, but she is undulating in a very strange way, and makes hissing noises every now and then when provoked by his questions...  A short time later the character portrayed by Eddie Murphy pulls down the curtain and lo and behold, is a "dragon woman!"  Her upper part is that of a beautiful woman; her lower half is that of a "dragon" or serpent.

Chinese Were Created By A Goddess-Nuwa 
Goddess Nuwa Makes the Human Being

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