Monday, April 25, 2011

嫦娥奔月 Lady Chang Eh Went to the Moon

This story happens after Yi shot down the nine suns. Like most of love stories in China,  this one ends tragically, too. However, similar to the story of The Cowboy and Weaving Maid, Chinese people want to believe that the lovers still get to meet once a year at the mercy of some mysterious power.


因为羿把九个小太阳射了下来,他们的爸爸要惩罚羿,就把羿和他妻子嫦娥从天上赶到了人间。羿每天出去打猎,晚上才回家。 羿的一个朋友叫蓬蒙,看见嫦娥长得这么美丽,就起了坏心, 经常到羿的家里来找嫦娥。


有一天,羿在打猎的时候遇到一个仙人。 仙人给羿一包药,对他说:“如果你遇到危险,吃了这个药就不会死,你就会变成仙人回到天上。”羿回到家, 把药交给嫦娥,要她小心收好。没想到,蓬蒙偷偷地在窗外听见了这话。第二天羿一出门,他就来找嫦娥,逼她把药拿出来给他,否则他就要杀了嫦娥。嫦娥没有办法,把药拿出来,在蓬蒙不注意的时候,把药放进自己的嘴巴里,很快吞了下去。

嫦娥一把药吃下去就觉得身体轻了很多,不久,她就飞了起来。可是,她不想离开羿,所以她就在离羿最近的月亮上停下来。

羿回家不见嫦娥, 非常伤心。晚上做梦,梦见嫦娥对他说,“月亮最圆最亮的时候,你用面粉和糖做一些圆圆的糕饼,我就会从月亮下来和你见面。” 后来, 中国人家家户户每年在中秋节那一天都做月饼。


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Translation:

Because Yi shot down the nine suns,  their dad wanted to punish Yi. He drove Yi and his wife Chang E to  the people's world from the heaven.  Every day, Yi  went hunting outside, and didn't come back till evening. One of Yi's friends is called Peng Meng. Peng Meng had an evil intention when he saw Chang E was so pretty. He often came to Yi's place to look for Chang E.

One day, Yi met an immortal being when he was hunting.  The immortal being gave Yi a pack of medicine and said to him: "If you run into danger, you won't die after taking the medicine. You will become immortal and return to the heaven." When Yi got home, he handed the medicine over to Chang E, asking her to put it away carefully. Unexpectedly, Peng Meng eavesdropped the conversation outside the window.The next day as soon as Yi was out of the door, he came for Chang E and forced her to take out the medicine to give to him. Otherwise, he would kill Chang E. Having no way out, Chang E took out the medicine. When Peng Meng was not paying attention, she put the medicine  inside her mouth, and quickly swallowed it.

As soon as Chang E took the medicine, she felt her body became much lighter. Soon enough, she flew up. However, she didn't want  to leave Yi behind.  So she landed on the moon which was closest to Yi.

Yi was very sad when he got home and found Chang E gone. He had a dream at night, and dreamed of Chang E. She told him: " when the moon is the round and most brightest,  if you make some cookies with flour and sugar,  then I'll come down from the moon to see you." After that, all the families in China make moon cakes on the Mid-fall Festival every year.

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