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Lunar Mythology

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Ashlyn Underwood

on 21 April 2010

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Lunar Mythology The ancient Mayan’s believed that before the Moon and the Sun became the celestial objects we see today, the Moon and the Sun were human beings. The Sun was a brave hunter, while the Moon was a young lady. The Moon and the Sun fell in love and ran away together.
The Moon’s grandfather became very angry and killed his granddaughter. The dragonflies collected her body and her blood and placed them in thirteen hallow logs. During this time, the Sun had been looking for his lover for thirteen days. On the thirteenth day, he found the logs. From twelve of them came harmful insects and snakes, but from the thirteenth came the moon- she had come back to life. Mayan Mythology Chinese Mythology: Chang O Chang O wasn’t always the goddess of the Moon. She actually began her life as a mortal woman, happily married to one of the world greatest archers, Hao Yi. Hao Yi served the emperor well, using his strength and archery skills to rid the world of ferocious animals and evil. Hao loved his wife with all of his heart. However, he feared that her curious nature might some day be her ruin.
In the days of Hao Yi and Change O, there were multiple suns in the sky. Although the suns took turns orbiting the earth, many feared that they might join together as a great ball of fire, and destroy the earth and all who lived there.
With the blessings of the emperor, Hao used his archery skills to knock nine of the ten suns out of the sky. The task completed, the emperor rewarded Hao with the elixir of life, which granted him immortality. However, he warned the warrior not to take the pill until he had cleansed his soul and body.
While Hao prepared himself, he hid the pill from the curious eyes of Change O. But alas, Change O was not to be deprived she saw where her husband had hidden the pill, and while he was away from the house; she took it and quickly swallowed it. She soon felt herself becoming lighter and lighter until she floated from the earth to the heavens. Hao saw a glimpse of his wife just before she took flight and realized what she had done. He tried to follow her, but the wind pushed him back to earth.
Chang O continued flying until she reached the moon, where she landed with a thud that dislodged half of the pill. She sent it on the wings of a bird to deliver to her husband. But the bird got lost along the way, along with Chang O’s chance of ever being reunited with her husband. All alone on the moon, Chang O wept for her husband.
Hao Yi was very lonely with out his beloved wife. The other gods and goddesses took pity on the couple and told Hao to build her a magnificent cinnamon palace and place inside it a whit rabbit, to keep her company in her solitude. In recognition to his great service to mankind, the gods and goddesses allowed him to build himself a palace on the last remaining sun where he could live in equal solitude. Thus, the moon came to mean the symbol of ying and yang, or opposites of life.
Inuit Mythology: Anningan Anningan is the Moon god of some of the Inuit people (native to Greenland). Anningan continually chases his sister, the Sun goddess Malina, across the sky. During this chase, Anningan forgets to eat and becomes very thin. This is symbolic of the phases of the moon, particularly the crescent. To satisfy his hunger, he disappears for three days each month and then returns full, to begin chasing his sister again. Malina wants to stay far away from her brother, that’s why they rise and set at different times. Japanese Mythology: Tsuki-Yomi Tsuki-Yomi was the Moon god according the oldest Japanese religion, Shinto, which means "the way of the gods." Tsuki-Yomi was born from the right eye of the primeval being Izanagi. Tsuki-Yomi initially lived in the Heavens with the Sun god, his sister, Amaterasu.
But once, Amaterasu sent her brother as her representative to the goddess of food, Uke Mochi. To celebrate, the goddess of food offered him a wonderful meal, created from her mouth and nose. Tsuki-Yomi was so disgusted that he killed her. When Amaterasu learned of her brother's misdeed, she was so angry that she did not want to see him anymore. Since then, brother and sister have lived apart, alternating in the sky. That is why the day always follows the night.
It is a mystery how the moon and sun came to be. In many cultures it began with a young woman, while others begin with courageous young men. And yet other stories begin with a brother and a sister who constantly fight for there place in the sky. Regardless of the beginning, all the stories end with two things, the moon and a new perspective on how it was created. Thanks for watching my Prezi! :) Thanks for viewing my Prezi! By: Ashlyn Underwood.
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