Map of Galaxy - Ο Πήγασος στην ελληνική και κινεζική Μυθολογία - Chinese and Greek mythologies about Pegasus, the sacred winged horse - by Junyan He


Map of Galaxy 河圖

Ο Πήγασος στην ελληνική
και κινεζική Μυθολογία

Chinese and Greek mythologies
about Pegasus, the sacred winged horse

By artist Junyan He

This painting is inspired by both Chinese and Greek mythologies about Pegasus, the sacred winged horse.


According to the Chinese mythology, it is Pegasus who carries the map of galaxy on its body and reveals to the ancient Chinese Sage-King 伏羲Fuxi. Since then, the Chinese civilization starts. The Chinese people also name themselves “漢人 “The People from the Galaxy”, as the echo of this mystical and ancestral memory. Pegasus is standing in the center of the painting; the map of galaxy carried by Pegasus is presented at the top left corner. It is the sacred geometry and mathematics that disclose the secret and harmony of the creation of the Universe. Attached to this digital pattern, it is an abstract symbol invented by the author Junyan He, as her understanding of both black hole and white hole theory of the Universe- One is providing and spreading, another is destroying and merging, as the resonance of this Chinese archetype of cosmic creation. The Chinese letters at top right corner “天才之翼,聖王之德”is the author’s poem inspired by this Chinese mythology. The English translation of this poem as “The Wings of Genius, the Virtues of Sage-King” is written at the middle bottom of the painting. The wings of Pegasus symbolize the spirit of freedom that bestows poets, artists, philosophers, scientists...all the genius to create masterpieces. A Sage-King must be blessed by both wisdom and virtues in order to rule the country or empire in good order and harmony. The two big Chinese letters“神馬”means “Sacred Horse”- the glorious title of Pegasus. Surrounding the Chinese letter “” (means “Sacred, Divine- God, Creator), is the twin-Universes, the ancient Greek symbols of the galaxy, as the dialogue of both Greek and Chinese cosmologies.

In Greek mythology, Pegasus is the best friend of the Muses and Apollo, the Goddess and God for poetry and arts. Mt. Parnassus is their sacred abode, which is located at Delphi, the ancient Hellenic spiritual center- the Navel of the World. So the Greek letters like mandala around the Pegasus means “Delphi” supporting its winged presence. Yet each Greek letter has the respective profound meaning too. Δ is “ΔΙΑΣ”- God of Gods as almighty creative power, and “ΔΗΛΟΣ”- The Gate to the Light. Ε is “ΕΛΛΑΣ”- Hellas, the Land of Light, and “ΕΡΟΣ”- Love, the spiritual power to connect and bind all the creation in harmonious oneness. Λ is “ΛΟΓΟΣ”- Logos, the reason and truth. Φ is “ΦΟΣ”- The Light, and “ΦΙΛΟΣΟΦΙΑ”-Philosophy. Φ is also the symbol of mathematic golden section designed in all the creation. Π is “ΠΗΓΑΣΟΣ”- Pegasus, and “ΠΑΡΝΑΣΣΟΣ”- Mt. Parnassus, and “ΠΑΝ”- “ΣΥΜΠΑΝ”- The Universe, to which again we goes back from the theme “The Map of Galaxy”.

As the Map of Galaxy, it must have the stars as the decoration. So the author chooses “Pleiades”, the constellation which has very powerful influence on the civilizations of the Planet Earth, to embrace the whole painting.

So having gone through many not only poetic, but also philosohical nights, all the complex sings in harmony and forms “The Map of Galaxy” (河圖, as the author’s love and understand of the Universe, and her graceful offering to the Universe as well.

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ΛΕΞΕΙΣ: Κινα, Πηγασος, Μυθολογια
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