Gonggong The Chinese Water God

Gonggong The Chinese Water God
Gonggong The Chinese Water God

Gong-Gong in ancient Chinese mythology was a water god, with the form of a huge black dragon with a human head which has an iron forehead and his head is covered in long red hair.

The legend says he challenged his father Zhu Rong for the throne of heaven, but he was so ashamed of losing the fight, a fight which was so fierce that the universe lost its balance, thus the reason why all rivers flow to the east. In a fit of rage brought about by his defeat, Gong Gong smashed his head against Mount Buzhou, a pillar holding up the sky, this caused so much damaged that the sky tilted towards the north-west and the earth shift to the south-east which did create a rent in the firmament which brought about a great flood on earth.

Nuwa patched up the sky but could not fully correct the tilt in the sky. This explains the phenomenon in China, that sun, moon and stars move towards the north-west and that rivers move towards the south-east into the Pacific.

Zhu Rong is the god of fire and ruler of the southern hemisphere, he is depicted as a man in armour, wielding a sword and riding a large tiger. It is said that he lives in the bright palace of Kunlun mountain and presides over universal order.

It was he who taught humans how to use fire, and one of the gods who separated heaven and the earth.

After defeating his son in a battle over the throne, Zhu Rong returned to heaven triumphant.

Southern Hemisphere Baijiu Cocktail

45ml of V.I.P Jiu 8
1 butterfly pea tea bag
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of castor sugar
Soda water
3 ice cubes
Lemon peel

Pour V.I.P Jiu 8 into a wine glass and add tea bag and leave for two or three minutes, remove the tea bag and squeeze dry, add ice, sugar and lemon juice to the glass, stir to mix, Top with soda water, garnish with lemon peel.