The Legend of the Sun Moon lake
Legend has it that two fierce dragons lived in the lake. one day, the dragons leapt into the sky and stole the sun and the moon, dragging them down under the water to play with. The local Thao people battled with dying crops and nothing to light the dark nights- soon everyone was struggling to survive.
A brave brother and sister, Dajiange and Shuishemei, decided to kill the dragons so that they could rescue the sun and moon and save the villagers. The gods gave them strength to defeat the dragons. However, returning the heavenly bodies to the skies wasn’t so easy. The gods intervened again with some timely advice: “Use the palm trees to prop them up.” The sun and the moon slowly ascended back to their rightful places, bringing life back to the villagers below.
Dajiange’s and Shuishemei’s bravery touched the gods’ hearts. They transformed the brave duo into two huge mountains on the shores of the lake so that they could watch over it forever. Each year in autumn a festival is held to celebrate the bravery of this heroic pair. The local people don their beautiful traditional outfits and perform traditional dance, where balls are thrown into the air and kept aloft with bamboo poles, representing the return of the sun and the moon to the sky.