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Chapter far off In egg. OF HISTORY times the Universe, according to a popular Chinese legend, was an enormous One day the egg split open; its upper half became the sky, its lower half the emerged P'an Ku, primordial man. Every day he grew ten earth, and from taller, the sky ten feet higher, the earth ten feet thicker. After eighteen thousand Ku years P'an died. the rivers and seas. •'>» it His head His hair became the important. This one man is its —and his fleas for it scheme of more than an afterthought, things; hardly and waterfalls, the trees flowers, the workings of the Tao, he counts for very in far smaller compass, in that of Britain humble devotion and response germs of what they think most expresses a typically Chinese viewpoint comparison with the beauty and splendour of the world and our ancestors.

A. R. von Koenigswald, examining some 'dragon bones' chemist's shop in Kwangsi, found three teeth of a giant apeHke creature which he in a named Recently palaeontologists working under Dr. P'ei Wen-chuna have made intensive investigations of the region round Nanning and have discovered further Gigantopithecus. remains of Cigantopithecus, a contemporary of Peking Man. This huge creature was advanced than his northern cousin, however. food, and as a result his species gradually He had no tools and was clumsy at gathering died out.

It carried thence very seldom found in the is | Neolithic pottery of North China (Hou-chia-chuang on vessels at Chengchow and Anyang an exception), and make its influence there has been found a beautiful white ware of Chinese ceramics. So very brittle stoneware fine is it that it has Many in fact originated in bronze. China had already evolved which kaolin, finished writers have remarked that of the bronzes, but, as Basil appearance how is unique in the history As we have seen it is in fact a on the wheel, and fired at closely its decoration echoes Gray has pointed out, there a technique for felt.

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