English name for a Chinese
martial arts weapon, that consists of a double-headed staff, with a
crescent-moon blade at one end and a spade at the other.
This long weapon or pole weapon is also called a
and in Chinese
it is known as
yue ya chan, which literally translates as ‘Crescent
It is the weapon of choice of
Sha Wujing (fig.),
who is also known as Friar
one of the main character in the epic story
Journey to the West.
The weapon is said to be the fusion of a spade, that monks in the
past carried with them in order to bury the dead, and the
blade, a part of other martial art weapons, such as
the hook sword or
qian kun ri yue dao
or ji dao (fig.),
and which could be used as a weapon for defense against bandits.