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Moon Mythology

Moon Mythology

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Published by: Gary Wade on Sep 20, 2010
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"This is the light of the mind, cold and planetary."
-Sylvia Plath
The Moon and the Yew Tree 
The urge to explain and understand the world of natural phenomena cannot properly be seen asparticularly scientific, but must be seen, rather, as generally human. It is well known that longbefore Copernicus described his radical and revolutionary picture of a helio-centric universe thathuman beings, from around the world, were giving form to the origins, motions and motives of thevastly complex and depthless sky above them. Through mythic narratives of super-human heroesand anthropomorphic goddesses and gods, pre-scientific societies placed order among the cosmos.The Moon has always held a place of particular fascination in our earthbound lives, provoking theimagination to escape its limits and, as we look outwards, moving us towards an understanding ofour inner selves, in all our human complexity. Monuments and shrines have been built to her;calendars follow her motion; ancient Gods and Goddesses mimic the Moon's gentle and unendingpull on the forces of life. Myths, as Carl Jung has described, bring us back in touch with ourselvesand, to that effect, can never be replaced by science. In this sense, it would be detrimental tocompletely dissolve these mythic narratives into an archaic and unsophisticated past.Is it not possible, on one hand, to deny the factual accuracy of these stories while, on the other,appreciating their import in our socio-political world, to see them as "facts of the mind," which,when projected, take on a worthwhile reality unto themselves; to understand them, not as theantitheses of science but, instead, its antecedents; to understand, not only their dangers, butalso their power to free the human imagination, enabling us to envision new worlds, overcome oldboundaries, and eventually move us all forward to a better understanding of ourselves and theuniverse around us.
Stories and MythsScandinavia
"The Wolves of Ironwood"
Native AmericanPawnee
"Wolf Spirit"
"An Arctic Sea Demon""A Lesson of Darkness"
"The Adulterous Moon"
"Changing Woman"
Ancient Greece
"Monsters of the Sicilian Sea""The Barely Mother"
Ancient Rome
"Fana, the Chaste Maid""Dianaâs Moon Children"
Chukchi (Siberia)
"The Reindeer Maid"
Pacific Islands
"The seeds of the Aoa"
"Chinese Seed-Birds""Moon Toads"
"A Hare in the Moon""The Blood of Creation""The Lake of the Moon"
Hottentot (South Africa)
"The origin of the Harelip"
"The Parting of the Sun and Moon"
"The Tale of Hyuki and Bil (Jack and Jill)""The Champion Drinker""Mistletoe, the Fruit of the Oak""A Man in the Moon"
"The First Tears";
"Moon Waters"&
"Talesin, Birth of a Poet""St. Dwnywenâs Ice""Sitting on the Moon"
;"The Snow Queen"
Great Britain
"Tales of the Oak Spirit"
"A Nigerian Moon Tale"
"The Magic Pestle"

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