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Since time immemorial the night sky has captivated mankind. The seemingly endless beauty and unfathomable mysteries of the celestial bodies have inspired myth and legend over time. Being the brightest and most prominent feature of the night sky, the moon has since become an object of worship and is considered to be an auspicious symbol for various reasons.

For most Chinese astronomers the moon has been an object of veneration, while for poets the moon has been an object of admiration and romance. All this and more is said about the moon, which conjures up plenty of myths and legends that are interesting and intriguing in their own ways.

Here are 5 interesting and intriguing Chinese Myths and Legends about the Moon that may not know:

1. The moon controls fertility

A woman’s menstrual cycle and the lunar cycle are of the same length and the moon is known to be associated with the fertility of a woman. Many ancient civilizations believed that the moon controlled women’s menstruation and could determine when women could become pregnant. According to the different phases of the moon, and moon deities, such as the Chinese goddess Chang’e, is believed to control fertility and reproduction.

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2. The 12 Moons theory

In the ancient times, Chinese believed that there were twelve Moons corresponding to the twelve months in a year. It was believed that the Moons were made of water.

3. The full moon and the wolf

The Full Moon in January is known as the Wolf Moon. It is named after the hungry pack of wolves that howled at night, reflecting their connection with nature and the seasons. full moon - interesting Facts about the Moon

Image: Moyan Brenn used under the Creative Commons Licence

4. The moon symbolises reunion

The round shape of the moon symbolises family reunion. Therefore the day is a holiday for family members to get together and enjoy the full moon - an auspicious token of abundance, harmony, and luck.

5. The Moon and Chinese Spiritual aspect

The Chinese always believe that the moon is a symbol of hope and peace. It symbolises the spirit of life, which is reflected in how Wu Gang cut down the cassia tree which restores itself with each blow, implying an immortal spirit of life.  The moon’s waxing and waning greatly influence the Chinese lunar calendar and Chinese philosophy, in pursuit of immortal spirit of life. 5 Intriguing Myths and Facts about the Moon

Image: Poi Photography used under the Creative Commons Licence

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5 Intriguing Chinese Myths and Legends about the Moon You Did not Know

Since time immemorial the night sky has captivated mankind. The seemingly endless beauty and unfathomable mysteries of the celestial bodies have inspired myth and legend over time. Being the brightest and most prominent feature of the night sky, the moon has since become an object of worship and is considered to be an auspicious symbol for various reasons.

For most Chinese astronomers the moon has been an object of veneration, while for poets the moon has been an object of admiration and romance. All this and more is said about the moon, which conjures up plenty of myths and legends that are interesting and intriguing in their own ways.

Here are 5 interesting and intriguing Chinese Myths and Legends about the Moon that may not know:

1. The moon controls fertility

A woman’s menstrual cycle and the lunar cycle are of the same length and the moon is known to be associated with the fertility of a woman. Many ancient civilizations believed that the moon controlled women’s menstruation and could determine when women could become pregnant. According to the different phases of the moon, and moon deities, such as the Chinese goddess Chang’e, is believed to control fertility and reproduction.

moon goddess - 5 Intriguing Myths and Facts about the Moon

Image: Google Royalty Free Image

 

2. The 12 Moons theory

In the ancient times, Chinese believed that there were twelve Moons corresponding to the twelve months in a year. It was believed that the Moons were made of water.

3. The full moon and the wolf

The Full Moon in January is known as the Wolf Moon. It is named after the hungry pack of wolves that howled at night, reflecting their connection with nature and the seasons.

full moon - interesting Facts about the Moon

Image: Moyan Brenn used under the Creative Commons Licence

4. The moon symbolises reunion

The round shape of the moon symbolises family reunion. Therefore the day is a holiday for family members to get together and enjoy the full moon – an auspicious token of abundance, harmony, and luck.

5. The Moon and Chinese Spiritual aspect

The Chinese always believe that the moon is a symbol of hope and peace. It symbolises the spirit of life, which is reflected in how Wu Gang cut down the cassia tree which restores itself with each blow, implying an immortal spirit of life.  The moon’s waxing and waning greatly influence the Chinese lunar calendar and Chinese philosophy, in pursuit of immortal spirit of life.

5 Intriguing Myths and Facts about the Moon

Image: Poi Photography used under the Creative Commons Licence

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