Moon FairyLady - 'Chang Er'
Many years ago, there was a
king in China. He was a brave man who did lots of belifits
to the people. He admired a beautiful girl and made her stay
in the palace so that he could see her whenever he wanted.
But, the girl did not like the frightful figure of the king.
She seldomly spoke a word in the palace. Each time the king
went to her place, he used to show her some treasures and
brought some gifts to the girl in order to make her smile
On every full moon, the girl
would burned incenses and wax candles to worship the moon.
People believed that there was a god lived in the moon that
made the moon shine. Girls who wanted to be a beauty and have
a handsome husband should worship the moon.
the full moon of the eighth month, the king brought three
herbs pills to show her.
"This is from the
priest of the palace. If I eat them up, I can live forever."
This was the first time the girl stuffs he
He continued,"If you and I both take
one, we will both live forever. No one can take you away from
Because the king afraid
of the pills would have side effects. He forced the girl to
take the pill first. If nothing wrong with her after taking
the pill, he would take it immediately. However, the girl
recognized that if she took all three of them, the king would
left her eventually. Therefore, the first time, she spoke
to the king,"Let me have a look of the pills first. Otherwise,
I will not try at all."
The king surprisingly the girl talked to him. So, he handed
the pills to the girl. She did not say anything but eat all
of them. The king was extremely angry. He wanted to kill her.
At this moment, the girl started to fly. She could fly because
of the intake of the pills. The king could not catch her, but
watched her flew toward the moon and disappeared.
After that, people believed that there was a beautiful girl
stay in the moon with a little old man and a bunny. The old
man was believed to be the god inside the moon and the bunny
was his pet. Day after day, Chinese believed that there were
people lived in the moon. Their movement made the dark spot
when we looked up to the moon. People used to worship the girl
to glorify her chastity. So, on every full moon of the mid-Autumn
became a festival in order to memorize her.
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