Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Festival Will Have You over the Moon

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Festival Will Have You over the Moon

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IF YOU believe everything you read, you'll know that the moon is in fact nothing but green cheese, it's inhabited by rabbits, can be responsible for rampaging werewolves and temporary lunacy down here on Earth, and that once upon a time a cow jumped over it.

As well, those supposed landings on it by Americans were nothing but a monumental hoax, orchestrated by NASA with Hollywood's help to prove America was thrashing Russia in the space race.

And that it wasn't an American man named Armstrong who was the first person to supposedly walk upon the moon, but a Chinese lady named Chang'e, who floated all the way up there eons before America was ever heard ofa[degrees].

But forget all that. What is true is that the mythological great journey of Chang'e is now the reason for one of Australia's biggest annual events: the Cabramatta Moon Festival that draws 90,000 fun-seekers to this Sydney suburb for one day every September.

Because according to Chinese legend, Chang'e and her husband were immortals who lived in heaven, where one day the 10 sons of the Jade Emperor mysteriously transformed into 10 suns, scorching the earth below.

To stop Earth being ruined, the Jade Emperor sought help from Chang'e's husband, the great archer Houyi, whose solution was, with his mighty bow, to shoot down nine of the sons-cum-suns, so sparing the tenth to be the universe's only remaining sun.

While Earth may have been saved, nine of his sons were now dead and the Emperor furiously banished Houyi and Chang'e to live down there on Earth - worse still, as mere mortals.

Seeing Chang'e's great misery over her loss of immortality, Houyi decided to seek out the Earth's mysterious Queen Mother of the West, who he knew held the magical Pill of Immortality.

Eventually successful in his mission, he brought the pill home with instructions that he and his wife would need one half each to become immortal once more. …

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