SkyTour Radio Presents: Mythology Of The Moons
Sunday August 26th, 2018
In this episode of SkyTour Radio. we take a look at the myths behind the names of the moons in our solar system. We look at how astronomers from the past created stories in the sky and focus on how Greek mythology still influences the names of recent discoveries, including moons, craters and rings of planets to this day.
In mythology, a lunar deity is a god or goddess associated with, or symbolic of the moon. These deities can have a variety of functions and traditions depending upon the culture, but they are often related. Some form of moon worship can be found in most ancient religions
The monthly cycle of the moon, in contrast to the annual cycle of the sun’s path, has been implicitly linked to women’s menstrual cycles by many cultures, as evident in the links between the words for menstruation and for moon in many resultant languages. Many of the most well-known mythologies feature female lunar deities, such as the Greek goddesses Phoebe, Artemis, Selene, and Hecate as well as the Chinese goddess Chang’e.
Selene was often identified with Artemis, much as her brother, Helios, was identified with Apollo Selene and Artemis were also associated with Hecate, and all three were regarded as lunar goddesses, but only Selene was regarded as the personification of the moon itself. Her Roman equivalent is Luna, the name of our (Earth’s) only moon.
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