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Guest Post: Moon Cakes and Myths from the Far East, By Teresa Robeson

A package of moon cakes arrived from my father the previous week. Moon cakes, if you’ve never heard of them, are the customary delicacy (and I use the term loosely because food with the density of lead shouldn’t be called a delicacy) for the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.

Opening the metal box and gazing upon the four hermetically sealed, and rather unappetizing looking, moon cakes flooded me with memories of my childhood in Hong Kong, and one of my first encounters with fairy tales. I suppose all ancient cultures were built on the foundations of myth, although I only know about my own. I’m not referring to the creation myths, although those are fun enough. I’m talking about the myths that have pervaded the culture so thoroughly that any citizen plucked off the street would understand the allusion to them. 
A fairy tale that has become an integral part of a holiday is the story of Seung Ngo, the woman who flew to the moon – a tale that may predated Jules Verne by a couple of thousand year…