God in Greek and Chinese Mythology

As ancient culture of the east and the west, Chinese and Greek have their own mythology. Although both of them have god and goddess, they are totally different.

From: talesbeyondbelief

Firstly, Gods in Greece is more like human. They are the apotheosized person, so they have hatred, jealousy, anger, desire, such feelings of human. But Gods in Chinese are desireless. They cannot have love and should keep neutral. When the daughter or son of gods fall in love with a human, they are to blame and forced to be separated.

From: baidu

Secondly, Greek mythology is systematic. There are two gods of son, Helios and Apollo. Helios always drive the chariot of the sun and Prometheus steal fire from him. Apollo is not only the god of sun, but also a god of music, truth and prophecy, healing, light, plague, poetry, and more. Different writers wrote different stories about them, and all can be unified, consecutive and connective. In Chinese mythology, there is no unified saying of origins of sun. In one myth, it is said Xihe, the emperor’s wife, give birth to sun. In another one, it is said the eyes of Pangu changes into the sun. In Shanhaijing, the place where sun rises is called Dayan, but in Huainanzi, the place is called Yanggu. So there are divergences among different myths.

Thirdly, Greek mythology emphasizes on story. Helios drive the chariot of the sun across the sky each day to earth-circling Oceanus and through the world-ocean returned to the East at night. And there are many different stories about the chariot of the sun, such as Prometheus stealing fire. Although there is a counterpart in Chinese mythology, Xihe drive a chariot of sun pulled by six dragons, there is no more story about it.

Fourthly, Greek gods are grand and imaged hugely. People should comply with them. In Chinese mythology, the god of sun is caught up by Kuafu and is shot by Houyi. People can fight against the god and nature. It can be seldom seen in many myths.