According to the legend, Dong Yong was a man of Qiancheng (today's north of
Gaoqing County, Shandong) in the East Han Dynasty. His mother died when he was
young and the family moved to Anlu (in today's Hubei) to avoid the
Later, his father died and Dong Yong sold himself to a rich family as a slave
so as to bury his father.
When he was on his way to work, Dong Yong met with a woman under a pagoda
tree and she said that she was homeless. So they got
The woman wove 300 bolts of cloth in one month and bought back Dong Yong's
When they passed the pagoda tree on their way home, the women told Dong Yong
she was the daughter to the Emperor of Heaven and was ordered to help him repay
With that said, she flew away. Henceforth the pagoda tree was renamed
"compassion for piety".