The Legend of Chang’e and Hou Yi, the Archer of the Sun

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Medan – The Legend of Chang’e and Hou Yi, the Archer of the Sun, is one of the most famous Chinese mythological stories. It has been told for generations and is an integral part of Chinese culture.

The story teaches us about the importance of love, sacrifice, and loyalty. It also teaches us that nothing is forever in this world.

The Story of Chang’e

Chang’e was a beautiful and kind-hearted woman. She married Hou Yi and they lived happily together. One day, a god came to Hou Yi’s house and gave him a potion of immortality. Hou Yi promised not to drink the potion, but he kept it in his house.

One day, Hou Yi went hunting. A jealous servant stole the potion of immortality and intended to drink it himself. Chang’e discovered this and tried to stop him. She drank the potion before the servant could drink it.

The potion of immortality caused Chang’e to fly to the moon. She became the Moon Goddess and lived there forever. Hou Yi was heartbroken to lose his wife. He often visited the moon to see Chang’e.

The Story of Hou Yi

Once upon a time, there was an archer named Hou Yi. He was a very skilled archer and was known throughout the land. One day, ten suns appeared in the sky and caused the earth to become hot and dry. People suffered and begged Hou Yi to save them.

Hou Yi bravely challenged the suns to a battle. He used a magical bow and arrow given to him by the gods to shoot down nine of the suns. Hou Yi succeeded in shooting down nine suns, leaving only one sun to illuminate the earth.

Mid-Autumn Festival

The Legend of Chang’e and Hou Yi, the Archer of the Sun, is celebrated every year during the Mid-Autumn Festival. During this festival, Chinese people gather to eat mooncakes, light lanterns, and gaze at the moon.

They believe that Chang’e will come down to earth to celebrate the festival with them.***

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