Ladies and gentlemen, we have Chinese folklore to thank for next entry: the celestial cock, aka the “cock of dawn.”
<< The author respects all cultures and will not resort to infantile murrmerings about the word “cock”. But, dear readers, it’s gonna be difficult.>>
The Cock of Dawn, or so it is said, is a “magnificent golden three-legged cock” <<ahem>>. According to myth, he lives in the mile-high Fu-Sang tree in the Land of Sunrise. It is believed that he is the ancestor of all worldly cocks <<ah-ahem>>, that he crows exactly three times a day (to mark the sunrise, zenith, and sunset) and that his red comb signifies the sunrise.
According to a legend describing the conjunction of yin and yang, the God of the immortals (Tung-hua Ti-chun) gave this bird to a lucky fellow named Shen-i, who rode the back of the celestial cock <<oh, come now, we are all mature adults here, lets be serious>> to the heat of the midday sun, where, it is said, he attained perfect happiness. Just him and his golden three-legged cock. (Until he set up regular visits with his wife, who was living over on the moon at the time.)
…In all seriousness, dear readers, it is a lovely story and we should not be swayed from its import by our puritanical, repressed, juvenile obsession with naughty bits. And yet… one cannot help but wonder whether, on the occasional lonely night on the moon, Shen-i’s wife didn’t long for a little celestial cock of her own.