RMBits – Stories in Chinese Mythology
Updated: Jun 30, 2022
Following the successful launch of the originial 12 RMBits characters, Izblu Labs now introduces three new characters to the collection with the theme "Moon", inspired from old stories in Chinese Mythology.
RMBits are the first in the world Meebits style voxel art featuring Chinese characters from famous traditional literature. Right now, we’re adding 3 more characters minted from stories in Chinese Mythology. A maximum of 888 editions of each character are available, therefore there are 10,656 editions of the original RMBits.
The collection consists of the following characters:
- Wu Gang, The Woodcutter
- Hou Yi
Wu Gang, The Woodcutter
Wu Gang is commonly known as the Chinese Sisyphus because of a divine punishment which has led to him endlessly cutting down a self-healing osmanthus tree on the Moon. It’s been said that on Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, when you worship the moon, you can still see and if you listen extra carefully, hear Wu Gang hacking down the tree. Wu Gang was described as careless, impatient, and hard to concentrate, but being condemned to an eternity of struggle without meaning still feels like a torture. Do you ever feel like Wu Gang? Maybe some of modern people wake up and feel like him. Kidding!
Chang’e is the Chinese goddess of the moon, best known for stealing an elixir of immortality from her husband, Hou Yi. What is the connection between Chang’e and the Mid-Autumn Festival? According to some stories, the day in which Chang’e fled to the Moon was exactly the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. In others, Houyi, in the hope that it might make Chang’e feel less lonely, started to place her favorite foods on the table and gaze into the sky every full moon, hoping to glimpse his wife. This type of offering remains a central part of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival throughout Asia.
Around the time of Hou Yi, there were 10 suns. The Jade Emperor told them that only one of them could play in the sky at a time. One day, however, all 10 Suns appeared in the sky at the same time, scorching the earth, destroying crops, and drying up the rivers and oceans. A skilled archer named Hou Yi saw the destruction and tried intimidating them with his bow. When it became clear that the suns wouldn’t heed his warning, Hou Yi started shooting them down one by one until there’s only one sun in the sky. Hou Yi is considered a man of righteousness, kindness, and sacrifice. He holds true to his values of generosity and justice.
The resolution of the attached pictures has been altered. The original RMBits can be acquired on Opensea, with a floor price of 0.05 ETH.