Legend of Chang E

According to the legend of Chang E (Chahng-uh), during the Legendary Period, a terrible drought plagued the earth because of 10 suns burning in the sky. Chang E’s husband, Hou Yi, was an expert archer and shot down the nine extra suns. In honor of his heroism, the Jade Emperor awarded Hou Yi an elixir that would grant him eternal life, but Chang E stole the elixir and fled to the moon. In later centuries, Chang E was transformed in the Chinese imagination into a beautiful and virtuous woman celebrated as a lunar deity.

传说在上古时代,十个太阳炙烤着大地,带来了一场大旱。嫦娥的丈夫后羿是一位出色的射师,他射下了九个太阳。玉皇大帝赞赏后羿的英勇,赐予他长生不老的仙丹。嫦娥偷取了仙丹,逃到了月亮上。然而在后世的想象中,嫦娥又变成了一位美丽贤良的女子,人们把她当作月亮女神传颂不绝。