Usage Chinese Mythology
Other Forms FormsChang-o
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Meaning & History
From Chinese 嫦娥 (Cháng'é) meaning "beautiful Chang", an altered form of the deity's original name 姮娥 (Héng'é) to avoid the taboo of sharing a homophonous name character with 2nd-century BC Emperor Wen of Han (personal name Liu Heng (劉恆)). This is the name of the Chinese goddess of the moon who steals an elixir of immortality from her husband, the archer hero Hou Yi.