Australian - Brother of Dugong. When his sister, bitten by leeches, turned into a dugong, he died and became shells on the seashore but was restored to life after eating lily and lotus roots. On occassion, called Moon.
North American - One of the 4 Associated Gods of the Sioux. Sometimes known as Moon.


General - A satellite of earth. (1) Some Australian tribes regard the moon as the creator of the first couple. (2) In Egypt the moon, deified as Ah, represents the male principle and is regarded as the left eye of Horus. (3) Some Finno-Ugric peoples worship the moon as an old man with an evil eye. (4) The Greeks regarded the moon as the peaceful home of the good dead, personified as Hecate (before rising and after setting), as Artemis (when riding in the sky) and as Selene or Luna (when kissing Endymion). (5) In India the moon, deified as Chanra, is again the home of the good dead. (6) Norse myths say that the moon originated in fire ejected from Muspelheim. (7)Slavic lore regards the moon as the home of the souls of dead sinners. (8) In those mythologies that say the universe was made from the body of some god or giant, the moon is frequently regarded as having been made from one eye, the sun from the other. In some islands of the Pacific, for example, the moon is the right eye of Na Atibu while in Egypt it is the left eye of Horus. (9) In some mythologies, the hare and rabbit live on the moon while others say that it is the home of the toad (three-legged, in Chinese stories) or the frog. Some say that all the things which are wasted on earth are stored on the moon including such things as wasted talent, broken promises and misspent time. In some accounts, the moon deposits a kind of dew on certain plants in response to incantations. (10) The shadows on the moon are variously interpreted as the face of the moon-god Amm (Arab), the goddess Pajon Yan (Cambodia), a frog formerly Heng O (China), a man, Wu Kang, chopping down trees (China), a girl making tapa (Cook Islands), ashes (Inuit), Cain (Europe), a man who sinned on the Sabbath (Europe), tar marks (Europe), boys' fingermarks (East Indies), Endymion (Greece). a hare painted by Sakka (Hindu), a hunchback sitting under a banyan tree (Malaya), a grumbling old woman (Maori), two children with buckets (Scandinavia), a tree, clawmarks of a bear, Coyote, a creatress with a cooking-pot (North American Indian), a girl with a bucket (Siberia), a jaguar with four eyes or the intestines of the moon exposed when the moon was attacked by ducks or rheas (South America), bruises caused when the moon was given a beating (Tierra del Fuego). In places as far apart as India, Japan, Mexico and Tibet, the shadows are seen as spots on the fur of the hare that lives in the moon. Occasionally identified as moon.

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