Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Moon Cake Festival

Folk Tales
Fall 2004

 The origin of the moon cake festival is a combination of two legends.  the first one ties back to the origin of life.  In the beginning there was said to be 12 suns in the sky.  Because of this, the world was too hot and people's lives were miserable.  The king, in order to save his people, shot down eleven of the twelve suns in the sky.  After being reduced down to one sun, the world was perfect and lives were better.  As a reward for his deed, he was given a potion of immortality, but his wife took the potion before he could take it, and she floated to the moon.  So now, Chinese believe that there is beautiful woman that lives on the moon and on the night of the festival she can be seen.


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