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,' links with a silken cord all predestined couples.” —J. N. Jordan: Modern China (Nineteenth Century, July, 1886, p. 45).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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