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.
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.