《Chinese Tales for Everyone: Myths and Legends_5-夏禹》__ 江紹倫 (53)

But, Gun’s spirit lived. A drop of his blood flowed in a stream. A peasant woman drank it. She became pregnant. Ten months later, a baby was born in a hut above which a dragon circled round and round for three nights. The baby was named Yu (禹). He grew up to become an expert on water works. He worked so hard to build up such a good water system for China that he was made an Emperor in the Xia(夏)Dynasty.

He was remembered as the Great Yu and Father of Irrigation. Because of the legendary story of his birth, the Chinese people have been proud to call themselves “descendants of the dragon” (龍的傳人) ever since.

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