Moon, Sun and Star Myths
We live in a magical and energized world, where fiction increasingly blends with reality. Things which at one time seemed impossible are now done with such ease, like flying. Man has without a doubt sought to be as the gods of ancient antiquity, but it is yet revealed whether we are the true masters of our domain. We use the elements and even the natural order, to bend nature to our will. Yet even with our fantastic brains and advanced modern technology, we are no match against natural phenomenon.
Take the moon, that shiny white ball which radiates from above. Just how does this mysterious thing in space effect us. Well to be honest I am not sure, but we do know that the energy coming off it does cause the waves in the sea. A small fact, but one with massive implications. If it affects the sea's like this, how else does it effect our world and even our people? A Modern term for this unseen energy is lunar, from lunacy which seems to fit.
It seems this question of the moons mystical energy, is something many different people's and many different cultures have asked in history. In fact one of the Egyptian gods Thoth, is well known to be the moon god. He was also the god of medicine, writing and maths. Thoth was in control of the calendar. Loads of ancient cultures sploke about the moon. Mama Kilya was the goddess of the moon, thought to be the mother of the ancient Incas. Dakota Native Americans believed Hokewingla a turtle spirit lives in the moon. Finnish mythology suggests the moon is responsible for silver on earth. Shamans, religions, cultures and even science today, have always contemplated the moon.
There is another thing which causes just as much, yet probably fascination as the moon. The sun. This fiery shinning ball of energy, which warms and produces growth upon our earth. Where would we be without it. And today science has took our interest in the sun to the next level, working out the intricate details of the energy in which it produces. That most amazing form of energy, solar. Today many are now heating their homes and even flying plains, off solar energy alone.
We are certainly not the only time to take an interest in the sun, as sun mythology has without a doubt been a massive part of ancient religions. These old ideas are now in our myths and legends, and still find their way into modern art and culture. Although the sun is mostly known as a symbol of the positive, bringing growth, production and life. Not all cultures who focused on the sun, did so with such positivity. On the shortest day of the year the June solstice, the Incas would sacrifice honoured young girls to their sun god Inci.
The sun and its movements have been another focus for ancient beliefs. The Egyptians said Ra sailed the skies in a boat by day, then journeyed the underworld at nights. Tsohanoai the Navajo Native American people's diety, was thought to carry the sun on his back during the day, and hang it on his wall at night. Myth's say Japan's first emperor was directly related to the grand son of a sun goddess. One of the most well known sun gods is Greek's mythological god Apollo. They say he was the god of music, prophecy and healing and the protector of shepherds. The Mayans made all kinds of things dedicated to the great sun, and many Native American tribes had sun dances.
Another brilliant feature we have as well as the moon and sun, is the bright stars in the sky. They have helped us advance in modern science through astronomy, and even all through out history have helped man and women with a hand of direction and a sense of being. Some researchers say the stars are the basis for all serious religious theories, as the shepherds of old watched the skies to find life's mysteries. And astrology is a subject which seems to be as old as any mythology or religion.
Western constellation names do come from classical mythology. So they have Orion the hunter son of the sea god Poseidon. All kinds of peoples all through out history have watched the stars. The Dogon people of West Africa had an ancient myth, about a tiny planet which takes 50 years to orbit its way around Sirius. Although western scientist did not discover this until 1862. Norse myth says the stars are sparks which flew out of a fiery land. The Bororo tribe from south America say stars are naughty children, who climbed up to the sky to evade punishment but got stuck.
We do have some ancient tribes who were highly advanced in astronomy and astrology. Mainly the Toltec, Aztec, Inca and Mayan civilizations. Its said that the Mayan calenders did not just track the days and the months, but complicated patterns tracing back millions of years. Some researchers even think that the great pyramids of the world were built, to launch the souls of Pharaohs to particular stars. What ever their reason they sure are a magical beautiful specticle in the sky.