Eclipse in mythology – the pleasant ones

Not all mythology that involve eclipses have a creature devouring our Sun. There were the ones that played nice too.

In Tahiti, for example, eclipses have been interpreted as the Sun and the Moon in lovemaking. How sweet is that? I knew there was a reason why I always liked Tahiti.

Further north, a famous myth about Amaterasu, the Japanese Sun goddess, tells how she became angry with her brother, who was misbehaving, that she retreated into a cave. By going into hiding, she deprived the world of light and warmth, and the other gods had to trick her into emerging.

Artist: 三代豊国,歌川国貞(Utagawa Toyokuni III,Kunisada)

Some legends continue to this day.

The Inuit, namely the Aleuts and Tlingit of Arctic America, believe that an eclipse symbolise divine providence. The Sun and the Moon temporarily leave their places in the sky to check that all is well on Earth.

There are numerous other eclipse stories out there. It is a significant event after all, involving the most elemental entities known — the Sun and the Moon. Good or bad, regardless of the meanings allocated to them, eclipses will continue to occur as the Sun and the Moon go through their celestial motions.

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One Response to “Eclipse in mythology – the pleasant ones”

  1. postitguy Says:

    thanks for sharing. you have a cool blog.

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