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Legends about the Mid-Autumn Festival

2016-04-19 10:31:54Share:

  In Chinese Culture, there are three legends about the Mid-Autumn Festival which concerns the goodness and other characters at the moon palace.

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  One is about Chang'e, whose husband was known and beloved as he used his red bow and white arrows to shot down nine suns that made a big drought for the human kind and left one sun.

 

  Chang'e and Houyi had a romantic meeting and they got married afterwards. In order to live an eternal happy live with Chang'e, Hou Yi went to the Kunlun Mountain and asked for help from Western Queen Mother. The Western Queen Mother rewarded him elixir and told her if he and Chang'e share the elixir on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, they can both enjoy eternal life; but if only one take it, that one will ascend to heaven and become immoral.

Legends about the Mid-Autumn Festival

 

  Hou Yi came back home and told Chang'e but a wicked man named Feng Meng heard about the plan and decided to take the medicine away. On that day, when Hou Yi was still on his way back home, the wicked man murdered the husband and forced Chang'e to give him the elixir. In great pain, Chang'e drank all the elixir and went to the heaven. Even though she is in Heaven, her heart remains in the world of mortals. Never does she forget the deep love she has for Hou Yi and the love she feels for the people who have shared their sadness and happiness.

 

  Another Story is about Wu Gang Chopping down the cassia tree. He is a wood cutter fascinated with immortality. The Jade Emperor angered and banished him to Moon Place to cut down a huge cassia tree. He chopped day and night but the holy tree restored itself with each blow Wu Gang made. And thus he is up there chopping still.

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  The Jade Rabbit in Moon Palace is also well-known. In the legend, three gods transformed themselves into poor and pity old men and begged something to eat from fox, monkey and rabbit. The fox and monkey refused to help these three men while rabbit offered himself into the blazing fire. The three sages were so touched and brought the rabbit to the Moon Palace, to accompany Chang'e.

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