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Cowherd and Weaver Maid
07/11/2008 15:33:55    Author : ANDY    Browse : 1067
Long, long ago, there was an honest and kind-hearted fellow named Niu Lang (Cowhand). His parents died when he was a child. He lived with his brother and sister-in-law. They often abused him and forced him to do many activities. Once, they forced him to go to break and give him nine head of cattle and left him with 10 other head of cattle when the home, leaving no choice but to the story of cattle out of the village.
Cowherd alone one urging cattle into the mountains, grassland, dense forests on the mountain and he sat tree sad, but do not know when we can hurried 10 head of cattle to return home this time. A refund all white for the elderly in front of him, and asked him why he sad, after learning of his experiences, and laugh, he said : "The other sad, in the Funiu mountains head fell sick the buffaloes, you have to make good feeding it, such as buffaloes disease is cured, you can urging it home. Cowherd schools, tents road, they finally found a home, sick buffaloes, he saw the buffaloes sick a lot and went to the buffaloes over the endless grass fed series of the day, but it depositing only raised his head told him: his is the sky gray cattle Niltava, violated the-day was demoted following days, 300,000 legs, can not move at all. His injury revealed the need flowers can be washed month, the story of defying hard, careful to take care of the buffaloes month, the day of buffaloes Florescence then dew-treatment, the elderly around the arms of sleep at night, but it illnesses, the story happily leaving 10 head of cattle back home. After returning home, his sister-in-law is still bad, there have been several to hurt him, but it has been trying to save them, very angry wife finally put the story out of their homes, as long as the story of the home, but it accompanies.

Zhi Nu (Weaver Maid) was said to be the youngest of seven daughters of the Queen of Heaven. With her sisters, she worked hard to weave beautiful clouds in the sky. The 7th daughter of Emperor is good at handcrafting, especially weaving clothing. So she was called a Weaving Maid. The Emperor likes her skill to weave clouds and rainbows to beautify the world. One day,Niu Lang lamented over his lonely and poor life with an old cow, his only friend and companion. The magical cow kindly told him of a way to find a beautiful and nice woman as his life companion. Under the direction of the cow, Niu Lang went to the riverside on an evening, where the seven fairies slipped out of their heavenly palace to bathe. He took one of the beautiful silk dresses the fairies had left on the bank. When the fairies left the water, the youngest couldn"t find her clothes and had to see her sisters fly back to heaven without her. Then Niu Lang came out with the dress and asked the youngest fairy, Zhi Nu, to stay with him. The fairy from heaven Zhi Nu (Weaver Maid) fell in love with him and came down secretly to earth and married him.
Cowherd and Weaver after marriage, Weaver also Cecropin minutes from the sky to bring you and teach you, sericulture, silking, also produced by the silk-bright. Men and women cultivated organization showed strong affections important, they had two children, a man and a woman, a family, live a happy life. Zhi Nu proves to be a wonderful wife, and Niulang a good husband, and they are very happy together. Several years passed on Earth, which were only a few days in heaven. The cowhand farmed in the field and the Weaver Maid wove at home. They lived a happy life and gave birth to a boy and a girl.

Unfortunately, good things never last. The Emperor found the sky"s not that beautiful as before without the 7th daughter weaving clouds and rainbows. He wanted his daughter"s grandmother to find the missing daughter and to bring her back. The God of Heaven and Queen Mother of the Western Heavens forced to bring the Weaver Maid back. Affectionate couple was dismantled. Seeing his beloved wife flying in the sky, Niu Lang was terrified. He caught sight of the cowhide hanging on a wall. The magical cow had told him before dying of old age: "Keep the cowhide for emergency use."
With the help of celestial cow, the Cowhand flew to heaven with his son and daughter. At the time when he was about to catch up with his wife, the Queen Mother took off one of her gold hairpins and made a stroke. One billowy river appeared in front of the Cowhand. The Cowhand and Weaver Maid were separated on the two banks forever and could only feel their tears. Their loyalty to love touched magpies, so tens of thousands of magpies was moved and came to build a bridge for the Cowhand and Weaver Maid to meet each other. The Queen Mother was eventually moved and allowed them to meet each year on the 7th of the 7th lunar month. Later, each lunar story, from the bridge to meet Myth of the day, the girl who would come Huaqianyuexia, looking at the rise of the night sky to find the Galaxy both Altair and Vega, they hope to see the annual God, begging God can allow ourselves such as Weaver, praying can be smug happiness of the marriage enrichment, which formed a Qi xi (Double Seventh). The seventh day of the seventh lunar month is the only Chinese festival devoted to love in the Lunar calendar.
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