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Old Man of the Moon (The)


The Chinese deity who links in wedlock predestined couples. (See Man in the Moon.)

“The Chinese have a firm belief in marriages being made in heaven. A certain deity, whom they call the ‘Old Man of the Moon,ʹ links with a silken cord all predestined couples.”—J. N. Jordan: Modern China (Nineteenth Century, July, 1886, p. 45).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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