While the world guesses at China's future, I walk into its remote interior hoping to better understand a piece of its heart and soul. I am visiting the Miao Minority Tribe. Legends tell that the Miao tribe originated from the eggs of Butterfly. The Butterfly laid twelve eggs looked after by a jiu, a mythical bird, until one day they hatched. Finally, the eggs gave life to a water buffalo, a dragon, a snake, an elephant, a tiger, a thunder god, and a Miao man called Jiang Yang. Also born were abstract phenomenon like disasters, calamities and ghosts...(click on video below to continue)
– Excerpt from A Visit to the Butterfly Mother created for The Discovery Channel. Republished for Zoozoom magazine in 2001. Full article below.
A Visit to the Butterfly Mother
Video reproduction of A Visit to the Butterfly Mother, a story created for The Discovery Channel and republished by Zoozoom magazine in 2001.