中秋特輯: 三個中秋節的故事!

中秋特輯: 三個中秋節的故事!

陳芃志 » 週日 9月 27, 2015 9:17 pm

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The Jade Rabbit
( 玉兔的故事)

One day, three immortals who were living in heaven came to the earth. They asked a fox, a monkey and a rabbit to find some food for them respectively. The fox and the monkey both found something for the three immortals while the rabbit got nothing. The rabbit felt very sorry for the three immortals. Finally, he jumped into the fire and said to the three immortals, "Eat me, please!" The three immortal were deeply moved by the rabbit. They decided to give the rabbit the title of "Jade Rabbit" and let him accompany Chang'e in the Moon Palace.

某天,三位居住在天庭的神仙下凡來到人間,請一隻狐狸、猴子、還有兔子分別去為他們找吃的,然而狐狸和猴子分別找到了食物,但兔子卻空手而歸,兔子因此對三位神仙而感到愧疚,最後他跳進了火堆,並對著三位神仙大喊到「請吃了我吧!」
三位神仙對兔子的義舉感動萬分,決定要給兔子「玉兔」的名號,並讓他與嫦娥一同住在月亮上的宮殿。

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Wu Gang and the Cherry BayThe legend of Wu Gang
(吳剛筏木)

Wu Gang was a woodchopper. He always wanted to become an immortal, but he never tried his best to learn the necessary theurgy. The Jade Emperor got angry with him because of his attitude. In order to punish him, the Jade Emperor planted a huge cherry bay, which was 1665 meters (5460 ft) high, on the moon and ordered Wu Gang to chop it down, then Wu Gang could become an immortal.

吳剛是為筏木工,他總是希望自己能夠成為神仙,但是他不曾努力學習仙術,也因此玉皇大帝對吳剛的態度感到非常不滿,為了懲罰他,玉皇大帝在月亮上種了一棵五百多仗高的桂樹,並命令吳剛將其砍到,若吳剛能成功,便能成仙。


This time, Wu Gang was very serious, but he could never finish his work. The cherry bay healed every time that Wu Gang chopped it. Wu Gang wouldn’t give up. He tried time and time again.

這回,吳剛非常認真看待此事,但他不曾完成的他的工作,一旦吳剛停下,這棵桂樹便馬上完好如初,但吳剛不肯罷休,就這樣不停的在月亮上伐木。


On unclouded nights people can see some obvious shadows on the moon. They are made by the huge cherry bay.

因此在晴空萬里的夜晚,人們可以看見些清晰的陰影出現在月亮上,而那些陰影正是那棵巨大桂樹的影子。
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Chang'e and Hou Yi
(后羿與嫦娥)


Long long ago, there were 10 suns in the sky. They burnt all the plants on the earth. People were dying.

很久很久以前,天上有著10顆太陽,他們炙熱的光芒燒毀了大地上的草木,而人們也因此身處於水生火熱之中。

One day, a hero whose name was Hou Yi used his bow and arrows to shoot down nine of them. All the people on the earth were saved.

某天一位英雄,名為后羿,用著他的弓箭射下了其中的九顆太陽,拯救了蒼生。

One day, the queen of heaven gave Hou Yi a bottle elixir that could make Hou Yi become an immortal, but the elixir was only efficacious for one person. Hou Yi did want to become an immortal, but he wanted to stay with his beautiful wife Chang'e more, so he didn't drink the elixir and asked his wife Chang'e to keep it for him.

又在某日,天后賜給了后羿一瓶可以讓后羿成仙的靈藥,但靈藥只有一個人份,然而后羿想要成仙,也想要與他的嬌妻嫦娥共度一生,因此並未喝下靈藥,並請嫦娥代為保管。

Hou Yi was becoming more and more famous after he shot down the nine suns and more and more men wanted Hou Yi to be their master. Most of them were accepted by Hou Yi.

后羿在射下九顆太陽後,便聲名大噪,越來越多人前來拜后羿為師,而后羿也接受他們的請求。

Not every student of Hou Yi had good morality. Feng Meng, one of his students, wanted to seize his elixir. One day, Hou Yi went hunting with his students, but Feng Meng pretended to be ill and stay at home. When making sure Hou Yi had gone he went to Hou Yi's house and tried to force Chang'e to give him the elixir. Chang'e knew she couldn't defeat Feng Meng so she drank the elixir immediately. The elixir made her become an immortal and fly higher and higher. Finally, she stopped on the moon.

但並非每位學生都如后羿般正直善良,眾多弟子之中,一位名為逢蒙的學徒,想要奪取他手中的靈藥,在某日,后羿與學徒們出們打獵,逢蒙假裝臥病在家,並在確認后羿已經外出後潛入后羿的房子,協迫嫦娥交出靈藥,嫦娥明白自己不可能讓逢盟打退堂鼓後,便立即喝下了靈藥,而靈藥也讓她變成仙女,飛向天邊,最後坐落在月亮上。

From then on, people often pray to Chang'e for fortune and safety. During the Mid-Autumn Festival they offer lots of foods to Chang'e. .

從那時起,人們常常向嫦娥祈禱,祈求富貴安康,因此在中秋時節,便會向嫦娥敬獻豐厚的佳餚。


英文參考資料:http://www.chinahighlights.com/festivals/mid-autumn-festival-story.htm

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