Kua Fu (Chinese: 夸父) is a giant in Chinese mythology. For other meanings of the word giant, see Giant (disambiguation) Giants are humanoid creatures of prodigious size and strength, a type of legendary monster that appear in the tales of many different races and cultures. ... At the moment this page contains a list of links. ...
One day out of the blue, Kua Fu was perplexed by the Sun's whereabouts at night and decided to chase and catch the Sun. With each stride he gets closer to the Sun, however, he could never catch up to it. The Sun (or Sol) is the star at the center of our Solar system. ...
He followed the Sun from the East to the West, draining all rivers and lakes crossing his path as sources of water to quench his burning thirst as he closed in on the star. However, he wasn't able to finish his quest because he died of the extreme heat and exhaustion.
The wooden club he was carrying grew into a vast forest. In modern day Chinese usage, the story of Kua Fu chasing the Sun is used to describe a person who fails to obtain his goal because he greatly overestimates himself.
The Kua Fu story bears a striking similarity to the Greek legend of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun, melting his wax wings and causing him to fall into the sea and drown. The two stories may have derived from a very ancient legend of an ancestor tribe whose descendents dispersed widely.
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