Chang'e Moon Goddess

Come a little bit closer
Hear what I have to say
Just like children sleepin’
We could dream this night away.

But there’s a full moon risin’
Let’s go dancin’ in the light
We know where the music’s playin’
Let’s go out and feel the night.

Because I’m still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I’m still in love with you
On this harvest moon.

When we were strangers
I watched you from afar
When we were lovers
I loved you with all my heart.

But now it’s gettin’ late
And the moon is climbin’ high
I want to celebrate
See it shinin’ in your eye.

Because I’m still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I’m still in love with you
On this harvest moon. —lyrics and song by Neil Young

I apologise, this week’s illu friday post has nothing to do with the weekly theme “boundaries” execpt for maybe an extremely distant connection. Today is inspired by the Mid-Autumn festival which my family would normally celebrate. I sadly, never had the opportunity to celebrate with them, as the school year would have started around this time, forcing me to stay in my classe —one misses out a lot when they stay in school :p (joke or couse). My family aren’t the only people celebrating —every year billions of people from China, VIetnam, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan celebrate the Harvest Moon…On this day, the lady in the moon is at her brightest for the entire year. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. This is my way of celebrating Harvest Moon—Hommage to the lady and to Neil Young who wrote the definitive song about the harvest moon. Happy Harvest Moon everyone!

note: last night in my sleepy hate, I forgot to mention that I see an iconic connection between the Holy Virgin and images of the Moon Goddess (in my opinion). So I started looking for famous portraits of Mary ascending into heaven and a painting from Peter Paul Rubens actually ended up inspiring my version of the Chang’e ascending to the moon. His images can be seen here, here and here. This could make an interesting theses in Mariology perhaps?