The Story of Niu Lang and Zhi Nu

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The Story of Niu Lang and Zhi Nu

A Chinese Story by Shuang Ying Han


This legend has existed for nearly 2 millennia.
Niu Lang wasn’t always a simple cow herder. And Zhi Nu wasn’t always a cloud-weaver. Once upon a time they were both stars up in the night sky. Zhi Nu was Vega, and Niu Lang was Altair. They were very much in love with one another, even though their love was forbidden by the Mother Queen of the heavens. 
When the Mother Queen found out about the love between Niu Lang and Zhi Nu she was very angry and promised they would be separated.
Zhi Nu, the youngest of the Mother Queen’s seven granddaughters, was spared exile, but Niu Lang was cast from the heavens and sentenced to dwell upon the earth wher