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The Legend of Hou-Yi and the Ten Suns. English I- Louise S. McGehee School 2005 By: JaNét, Shannon, and Michelle ( Fark. ). The Legend .

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the legend of hou yi and the ten suns

The Legend of Hou-Yi and the Ten Suns

English I- Louise S. McGehee School


By: JaNét, Shannon, and Michelle


the legend
The Legend
  • Long ago, there were ten suns, who were brothers. They usually came out one at a time, but sometimes they came out in groups. The people in China were suffering because the suns were scorching the earth, and the wild animals were attacking the people, because they could not stand the heat (“One”).

(“Hou Yi”)

the legend cont
The Legend cont..
  • The townspeople asked the great archer, Hou-Yi to save them. He loaded his quiver with ten arrows, climbed Mount K’un Yun, and began to shoot down the suns, one by one (“One”).


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The Legend cont…
  • After Hou-Yi had shot down many of the suns, a wise old man quietly hid one of the arrows. He knew that having too many suns was bad, but having no suns was worse (“Chinese”).


chang er

After Hou-yi shot down the suns, he received an immortality elixir from the Great Mother of the West. She told him to wait for about a year before giving it to Chang’er. Chang’er grew impatient and obsessed with immortality, so she drank the elixir too soon and flew to the moon. She now lives on the moon as the Moon Fairy. She is represented by a rabbit, which was believed to help her fly to the moon(Wang).

other legends
Other Legends
  • Others believed that Hou-Yi and his wife were actually gods who came down to save the people of the village from the terrible heat (“Hou”).


  • They say that after Hou-Yi shot down the suns, he became so full of himself that the other gods punished him to live as a mortal. After this, his wife got angry, drank an immortality potion, and flew to the moon (“Hou”).
k un lun mountains
(“Photo Gallery 4.”)K’un-Lun Mountains
  • The K’un-Lun mountains are a mountain range in China.
  • They are the home of the Great Mother of the West
  • (“Mid-Autumn”).
  • No one before Hou-Yi had successfully climbed the mountain.
  • Before reaching the top, one has to go through horrible storms and freezing weather (Balsanek).
the legend in china today
The Legend in China Today
  • In China there is a festival called the Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival. It takes place on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month (August). At the festival, people gather to look up at the moon when it is supposedly at its biggest and brightest in the night sky. They also eat moon cakes.

(“Mid-Autumn”) (Wang)

similar myths
Similar Myths
  • Hou-Yi and Chang’er, a couple who represents the sun and moon, are very similar to the Greek god Helios, the god of the sun, and the goddess of the moon, Selene (Helios’ sister.)
  • Other moon goddesses are Artemis and Hecate. (McCabe “Selene”).
  • Another mythological husband and wife who are two very different subjects are the Greek god, Uranus, and the goddess, Gaea. Uranus is the sky and Gaea is the earth. (McCabe “GAEA”).


works cited
Works Cited

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Bergeron, Joe. “Artemis.” Joe Bergeron’s Art, Astronomy, and SF Site. Joe Bergeron. 26 October 2004. 11 January 2005. .

“Chang-Er chines moon goddess.” Casa Cenina. Casa Cenina. 6 January 2005..

“Chinese Fable: Chang’er Flew to the Moon.” Sample Chinese Fable: Chang'er Flew to the Moon Worksheet. edHelper. 5 January 2005. .

DnDCC magic_item. 6 January 2005. . 3 January 2005. 4 January 2005. .

“Hou Yi and Chang’er.” Legends of China. 2004. Chinatown Online. 4 January 2005. .

McCabe, Walter. “GAEA: The Earth Goddess.” Walter McCabe’s Little Piece of the Web. Walter McCabe. 11 June 2004. 11 January 2004. .

McCabe, Walter. “Selene, the moon goddess.” Walter McCabe’s Little Piece of the Web. Walter McCabe. 11 June 2004. 11 January 2005. .

“Mid-Autumn Festival in China.” HELLO online. National Association of Teachers of English. 5 January 2005..

“One Sun.” University of Virginia. University of Virginia. 5 January 2005. 5 January 2005. .

“Photo Gallery 4.” The Endless Sky Trip- Cycling the Himalaya. 4 January 2005. .

Wang, Frances Kai-Hwa. “Celebrating the Moon Festival.” IM 2005. 6 January 2005.


Wang, Frances Kai-Hwa. “A Story of the Moon Lady.” IM 2005. 6 January 2005. .