The Legend of Yueliang 月亮

The Wordsmith
2 min readOct 25, 2022

Yueliang embodies the heart of Chinese folklore, and represents the amalgamation of hope, fear, and myth.

Said to have been born from the mouth of a Dragon and kissed by the moon, the princess is future heir to the Ether — the realm between worlds where the five elements were first formed. Her items of legend include a parasol carved from the night sky, and a book of songs that she sings from each morning to lament those who have lost their way.

Three-faced, she appears each full moon, cast from her home until the sunrise. To the noble and considerate she appears as an angelic lost waif seeking shelter, rewarding their kindness with riches and long-health. To the greedy she appears as a concubine of great beauty and fine silk, before vanishing their wealth and redistributing it to the poor. And to the cruel and vengeful she appears as the one who has hurt them the most in their life, before sealing them away in her book of songs for eternity so that she might lament their misdeeds.

To children she represents a stark warning — strive for greatness, but always remain kind to those less fortunate, and do not allow yourself to stray from the path of goodness.

Lest you hear the serene melody of the beautiful Yueliang calling to you.

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The Wordsmith

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