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Heng O

by Micha F. Lindemans
The Chinese moon goddess, symbol of the cold and dark principle yin. She tried to steal the draught of immortality from her husband, the celestial archer Shen Yi, but he caught her before she could drink all of it. The draught gave her the power to ascend to Heaven, but, since she had drunk only part of it, she only got halfway up and had to settle on the moon.

Heng O is portrayed in beautiful robes with in her right hand the lunar disc, sometimes sitting on a tree-legged toad. She is the younger sister of the river god He Bo.

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  • Also known as:
    Chang O

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