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Posted: Aug. 18 2022,15:53

The legend of Lady Chang Er, daughter of the River God dates back to around 2170 BC. Her husband, Hou Yi shoots down the 9 extra suns that were threatening the Earth, and as his reward he was given an elixir of life by the Yellow Emperor. Unfortunately he became a tyrant, and Lady Chang Er to her their people, drank the potion in one story, another it's a pill, and another a magic peach. Another version has her wanting to be immortal too, and stealing the pill of the elixir of life. After eating it, she floats up to the moon, and coughed up the pill which created the Jade Rabbit, also known as the white rabbit and Moon Hare. The Jade Rabbit has ever since tried to make the immortality portion. Hou Yi became the god of the sun, and is allowed once each month, on the full moon, to visit his wife, and on this day legend says the Moon shines brightest because of their love. The Moon Festival was also a time traditionally for family gatherings and reading Moon Poetry. Many people looking at the moon see a rabbit on the moon.

Tang Emperor Xuan Zong
Another legend is the Tang Emperor Xuan Zong had the help of a Taoist priest, who threw up his walking stick that created a bridge to the moon. The emperor followed the priest up the bridge and entered the moon palace, where he saw the jade rabbit attempting to make the elixir of life. The emperor saw moon maidens dancing and singing music and on his return created a song and dance piece called "Rainbow Petticoats and Feather Dresses".

Wu Gang, the Moon's Woodcutter
Another legend is of Wu Gang, the Moon's Woodcutter. He tries again and again to cut down the Moon's tree of immortality, that just magically heals after every cut of his. He was sentenced to this by the Jade Emperor for selfishly seeking the elixir of immortality.

Traditional Food eaten during the Moon Festival
Taro, Pomelo (Chinese Grapefruit), and Snails. The Taro because it saved Chinese soldiers from starvations, Pomelo because the sweet fruit is believed to scare off evil and it has a round shape. Snails as a reminder of the earth's wealth. Dishes served should be 5, 7, or 9 because these are lucky yang numbers.

Moon Cakes
Moon Cakes symbolize both longevity and good health. They are imprinted with the Moon Goddess, a grove, Jade Rabbit, or a toad. The centers can contain red bean paste (sweat), lotus seed paste, melon, dried fruits, coconut, pineapple, and often have an egg inside. In the 14th Century, messages were contained within the Moon Cakes for secret communication against for a rebellion against the ruling Mongols ( Yuan Dynasty founded by Kublai Khan) that replace them with the Ming Dynasty. Moon Cakes are credited with the victory.
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Posted: Aug. 18 2022,15:59

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