Legend of Double Ninth Festival

106.jpg (3148 bytes) One day the celestial senior asked Huanjing to come before him and said,"Tomorrow will be the 9th day of the 9th lunar month, and the monster is going to appear and make mischief. Since you have mastered the art, it is time for you to return and eliminate the monster for the people."



107.jpg (3172 bytes) The celestial senior gave Huanjing a parcel of the cornel leaves and a jar of chrysanthemum wine and passed on to him secretly how to use these things to repel the evil. After that he let Huanjing ride on the crane and go to his hometown.




108.jpg (2998 bytes) It was the morning of the 9th day when Huanjing returned to his native place. He led the folks to a high mountain nearby according to the senior's instruction. And then he gave each a leaf of the cornel and a cup of chrysanthemum wine.




109.jpg (3640 bytes) Around noon the monster dashed out of the Ruhe River after making several monstrous cries. He rushed into the villages stenchfully. But to his great surprise, not a soul turned up after he passed several villages.




110.jpg (3972 bytes) The monster was wondering at this when he suddenly caught the sight of the people standing crowded at the top of a mountain not far away. He laughed monstrously and rushed at the mountain.




111.jpg (3966 bytes)As soon as the monster reached the foot of the mountain there suddenly blew from the mountain a gust of the strange scent of the cornel and the smell of the crysanthemum wine, which made him stop abruptly and change colors immediately.




112.jpg (3809 bytes)Huanjing came down the mountain with the vanquishing sword in hand. And only after few  rounds of fight he killed the monster with his sword. From then on the area near Ruhe River was never haunted by the plague. And the custom of climing the montain  avoid the plague on the 9th day of the 9th lunar month was thus handed down year after year.