Chi Li Slays the Serpent
Chinese folklore tells the story of a serpent who demanded the annual sacrifice of a young maiden. Heros attempted to slay the serpent, but none were successful and each year a young girl was devoured.
When the time of the ninth sacrifice drew near, a young village girl named Chi Li volunteered to become tribute if she was given a serpent hound and a sword to face the beast with. With these weapons and a bag of heavily sweetened rice balls as a distraction, Chi Li slayed the serpent, ending the sacrifices.
Source: World Mythology, An Anthology of the Great Myths and Epics by Donna Rosenberg.
Notes: This is a part of the World Mythology Challenge: Day 9 - Asian Myth