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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2023, 6(8); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2023.060820.

Chinese Folk Story of Chang'e Flying to the Moon from the Perspective of "Totem Theory"


Chih-Fan Chang

Corresponding Author:
Chih-Fan Chang

College of Literature, Zhaoqing University, Zhaoqing 526061, China


Myth is an empirical response to the lives of ancient ancestors. "Chang'e Runs to the Moon" records the story of people flying to the last month, but it cannot explain the relationship between this and the life experience of the ancestors. In the pre Qin literature, the author first deduced that the age of Chang'e's birth and development was in the late Neolithic period, and then used the "totem theory" to demonstrate that Houyi and Chang'e were originally people belonging to different totem tribes of the Sun and the Moon. Due to the tribal warfare, Chang'e's tribe was captured and fled back to the Moon tribe. Through generations of oral transmission, such deeds have transformed into the myth of "Chang'e running to the moon" as we know it today.


totem theory, Chang'e running to the moon, myth

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Chih-Fan Chang. Chinese Folk Story of Chang'e Flying to the Moon from the Perspective of "Totem Theory". Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 8: 106-111. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2023.060820.


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