Nu Wa lived upon the earth that Pangu the giant had created, which was a place teaming with life and filled with beauty. But she was the only goddess on the earth, and she was lonely. One day Nu Wa sat beside a sparkling pond, she saw her reflection in the water, and it occurred to her to try to make a small model of herself from the mud. She gently set it down and it began to move, rose, sang and danced, and called her "mother." And this was the origin of humans.