The Leg­end of the Sun Moon lake

Vision Magazine - - Destinations -

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.

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