alton_lust (alton_lust) wrote,

Moon Festival

Anyone know about this?
Okay I know a lot gets lost in translation, but I am trying to figure out what the legend(s) is behind this Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. There are many versions online and I'm struggling to find one that makes sense. Near as I can gleen these things are constistant...

There's an archer.
His wife.
He is given a magic pill of immortality for doing a great deed.
She swallows the pill and floats up to the moon. (for various reasons)
Once a year he gets to visit her. (Guess when!)

So...if he still visits her once a year, why did he ever need a pill of immortality in the first place?

I do like this version.

And I like the story about the Mongols and the secret mooncake messages, but that's another tale.
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