10 Interesting Myths and Legends About the Moon

Updated on April 17, 2016

The moon is a powerful force of nature. Just step outside in the middle of the night when the sky is clear and the moon is full and look it for a moment. You won’t be able to deny that it feels magical and intense and amazing. And people over time haven’t been able to deny that either. In fact, the moon has been a central part of many myths and legends across different cultures precisely because of how powerful this part of the sky is. Take a look at the following ten moon myths and legends to get a better sense of how people see its beauty and wonder.

1. Chang'e. There is a very famous Chinese myth about this woman who is said to live on the moon. There are different variations of the myth but the basic story is that she and her husband were once immortal beings who were made mortal because of their bad behavior. They then attempted to achieve immortality again through the use of a pill but Chang'e got greedy and took too much of the pill and ended up floating up to the moon where she remained stuck over time. She is the subject of much Chinese poetry and is one of the central reasons for celebration each Autumn during the Chiense Moon Festival.

2.  Moon Rabbit. This is an interesting myth because it crosses across several different cultures. The moon rabbit or jade rabbit is said to be one of the companions that Chang'e eventually was allowed to have with her one the moon. However, it is also a symbol that shows up in myths about the moon in Korea and in Japan.

3. Selene / Luna. These are the names of the Moon Goddess in Greek and Roman mythology respectively. In the myths associated with these goddesses, the goddess is paired with the god of the sun. He travels throughout the day and she takes over the journey at night. She is typically considered to be a passionate goddess who takes many lovers and who represents the desire associated with the moon.

4. Tecciztecatl. Not all of the dieties associated with the moon are goddesses. This is an example of a male god which is associated with the moon. What is interesting about the myths surrounding him are how many of the samy symbols from different moon myths are found in the stories about him. Although he was an Aztec god, there are associations with the Asian cultures (he was a rabbit, for example, associating him with the aforementioned Moon Rabbit) and even associations with modern day moon myths like the story of the “man on the moon”.

5. Anningan. The Inuit people of northern regions like Alaska and Greenland have a rather horrifying myth about the moon. They believe that Anningan, the Moon god, raped his sister, the sun Goddess. Worse, they believe that he is still trying to chase her down to possess her. That’s why he follows her in the sky every day. The waxing and waning of the moon is explained as Anningan chasing her until he is starving and then disappearing for a bit to hunt for food to have the energy to come back to chase her again.

6. Mawu. A much happier couple-based story about the moon is this myth from Africa which says that Mawu is a moon good who is forever linked in unity with the sun goddess Liza. It is believed that lunar and solar eclipses are related to the lovemaking times of the celestial couple. This myth is clearly about the power of the moon, the sun, the sky and love and desire.

7. Soma. This is a Hindu god that is associated with the moon. It’s interesting because of the fact that there are several additional symbols that we see here that are commonly associated with the moon. In Hindu art, Soma is sometimes an embryo and sometimes a bull. Fertility is frequently associated with the moon. The bull is also a symbol that has shown up as related to the moon across cultures. The main thing about Soma though is its link with the moon as an elixir. Soma is the name of a drink said to be consumed by the Gods. Interestingly, the moon rabbit who lives on the moon with Chang’e in the Chinese myth is also an elixir-making symbol.

8. Rona. This is a story that comes from the Maori tribe in New Zealand. The story is about a young woman named Rona who displeased the moon so the moon seized her and took her away. In the myth, she grabs on to a tree and drags it with her to the moon. It is believed by some that the tree is said to represent fertility, further linking the moon with this symbol.

9. Mayan Moon Goddesses. The Mayan people have several stories about different moon goddesses. One goddess frequently associated with the moon is Ixchel who is associated with the moon because she is a fertility goddess. However, it is believed that she may actually be the “grandmother of the moon” and represent aging and the drying up of fertility in old age so she is most commonly linked with the waxing of the moon and not the moon at all times.

10. Werewolves. One of the creatures that we often see depicted in movie myths and legends is the werewolf. This creature is, of course, affiliated with the full moon. Typically it is believed that these are creatures that have human form but that morph into wolf-like (typically violent) creatures when the full moon is in the sky. There are many different variations on this because of all of the books and movies that have been made about werewolves.

Those are just ten examples of some of the powerful stories that people across time and across the world associate with the moon. Using many different forms of symbolism, the moon itself has become a symbol for love, desire, change, passion, fertility, and violence.

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      zamoria 

      2 years ago

      I really like it wow

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      BJGBN 

      2 years ago

      ITS REALLY INTRESTING

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      baller 

      2 years ago

      saw dude. great facts

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      juju 

      2 years ago

      that was awesome! thx!

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      Allie 

      2 years ago

      Very interesting and cool! Thank You!!!!

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      my name is Jeff 

      2 years ago

      having a moon shaped like a banana is really weird at day and night

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      RBOB 

      2 years ago

      Nice!

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      its ya boi 

      2 years ago

      cool

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      Samantha Erickson 

      2 years ago

      Having a moon shaped like a banana is really weird at day and night

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      Hi 

      2 years ago

      Good

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      diamond carroll 

      2 years ago

      this is good information thank you

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      Awesomeness 

      3 years ago

      Thank you!!!

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      BumbeeBee and Catscat[aka Zara] 

      3 years ago

      really Zack did you even read the hole thing I did

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      zack is awesome

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      BumbeeBee 

      3 years ago

      Catscat and BumbeeBee is the same person

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      My mine craft name is bumbeeBee 

      3 years ago

      It was very educational!! It was so fun to read. So much reading and facts. they NEED to add more then ten facts. I know one!! A god,[ I forgot his name!] banished a man to the moon, and the man was remembered as the man in the moon!

      The ten facts were fun to read, a BIG shoutout to Kathryn Vercillo

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      Catscat 

      3 years ago

      It was very educational!!

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      Kyl/nic/nel 

      4 years ago

      This is all so awesome my report will be done soon thanks

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      roblox 

      4 years ago

      useful :)

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      tom 

      4 years ago

      cool. Great for my graphic novel research, cheers

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      InfiniteLlover 

      5 years ago

      I loved this! It helped me on my homework a lot and I just wanted to thank you =)

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      harrystyles 

      5 years ago

      I love this imforfamtion

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      Twiggy2 

      5 years ago

      Very cool facts! It helped me a lot! Thx

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      Home my Heaven 

      5 years ago

      Some cool myths about myth. Really wonderful things for a myth lover like me.

      www.homemyheaven.co.uk

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      Loki 

      5 years ago

      Cool, way into the moon. Plan to use these stories to freak my science teachers mind (she thinks i never read anything)

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      Ausseye 

      5 years ago

      Hi Kath:

      What a moon you make though thoughtful knowledge

      I just sees it as apiece of space junk

      That left a dinosaur’s less earthly

      But then that was a bit before human fantasies

      But you make a light that shines in the dark

      Love you hard work on flashing a Moonie

      Am in awe of your hard work and loved the read

      Hope it never decides to return to earth

      No pill would cure that headache

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      Kalmiya 

      5 years ago from North America

      The moon is an endless source of lore and fascination. When I look at it on a summer night, especially when it's full, it seems almost strange that some celestial body can hang in the sky so close to earth. I believe in the moon and wrote a hub about timing activities by her cycles. Strangely, there are some theories around the internet that the moon was created and planted there for specific hidden agenda purposes. If such a thing proved true, all us moon lovers would have a shock! Thanks and voted up.

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 

      5 years ago from Tumkur

      Good collection of myths. but I would like to add something:-

      1. 'Soma' is another name for moon himself.In ancient Indian literature(whether Hindu,Jain, or Buddhist) Moon is regarded as male.Soma, Shashanka,Chandra,Indu- etc, are the other names of Moon-all of Samskrut origin.

      2. Drink soma is different one. It is another meaning of the same word. but that has no connection with moon.

      3 In Indian astrology, moon is a planet influencing on the minds of people.The zodiac sign in which moon lies at the time of birth is called

      'Janma Rashi' or birth sign.

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      Aisling Ireland 

      5 years ago from Bolingbroke, GA

      Awesome and beautiful. Voted up!

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      Jimmy 

      6 years ago

      Another myth is water on the moon. Many NASA scientists are claiming it. But that’s impossible! Why? Because the vacuum of space abhors water. What’s more, ethereal objects such as the moon also abhor water. Only earth-things like Earth are properly hydrophilic. That’s why we have water here on Earth. It’s so obvious!

      But why are NASA scientists really trying to claim the moon has water? Well, let me tell you a side story. 15 quintillion years ago the Reptilians lived on the moon (yes, the moon really is that old). Reptilians are literally the only beings without a single ounce of water in their body. In fact, they can’t stand water as chronicled in that documentary Signs. So it would make sense that they would live on the moon, a place without any ounce of water. So is it any coincidence that NASA is trying to revise proper understanding of history? They’re just trying to make it look like Reptilians could never have lived on the moon. It’s obviously a desperate attempt on their part to cover their asses.

      So do these Reptilians still live on the moon? Not anymore. Because NASA is slowly putting water droplets on the moon even though celestial objects are not supposed to have water. There goes NASA destroying the balance of nature, as usual!

      Anyway, the Reptilians got smart 8 quintillion years ago because they knew that Earth had a hollow that they could live in. In this hollow of the Earth, there is no sign of water whatsoever. It is a perfect place for Reptilians to live.

      The hollow Earth model also explains why Reptilian spacecraft often are sighted entering the ocean. It’s obvious that the Reptilian spacecraft are going subterranean.

      Anyway, NASA, stop with the bullshit and finally admit your Reptilian Fed Controlled connections!

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      sam23 

      6 years ago

      the moon seems so much more interesting now thanks a billion

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      alejadro 

      6 years ago

      dood work

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      Beatrix 

      6 years ago

      This is interesting stuff.

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      Reve 

      6 years ago from Dhaka

      Never heard about those myths before. They seem to be pretty nice stories. Thanks a lot for sharing with us :)

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      princesswithapen 

      6 years ago

      From romantic outdoor dinners in the moonlight to theatrical plays, the moon and the mysterious aura surrounding it has always had an exotic appeal. These legends and myths about the moon make for an intriguing read.

      Princesswithapen

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      brian january 

      6 years ago

      I'm fascinated by the lunar/goddess mythology! In my thriller "Silver", one of the lead characters speculates on the moon goddess Ariadne being the Minoan Snake Goddess of ancient Crete. Love this stuff!

      Brian January

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      Hamlet 

      6 years ago

      Interesting Myths. Thank you.

      http://www.flowingevents.com/

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      tim 

      6 years ago

      stupid

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      Andrew chavez 

      6 years ago

      The moon and the sun chase eachother around and around

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      Shwetha Shetty 

      6 years ago

      That's awesome. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing

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      Elizabeth Rayen 

      6 years ago from California

      Very interesting. Looking forward to reading more.

      Blessings,

      Lisa~Rustic Living

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      myfish 

      7 years ago

      This is very interesting thank you for my new use of knowledge

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      RalphGreene 

      7 years ago

      I love myths. Interesting topic.

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      Ravi Singh 

      7 years ago from India

      SO many interesting facts.. I love moon more now. thanks

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      hana 

      7 years ago

      very good information i would love to visit this website again

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      Yu 

      7 years ago

      there's also a legend in vietnam about the moon. In it a man was sitting on a tree then the tree flew to the moon w/ him on it.

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      JohnnyNobody 

      7 years ago

      )O( We all come from the Goddess... Enjoyable read.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Very interesting hub. Thanks.

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      Web World Watcher 

      7 years ago

      So very interesting. i have a remedial college knowledge of astronomy in general so this hub is a very welcome resource

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      upping 

      7 years ago

      awesome

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      Golfgal 

      7 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      We are soooo involved with the moon. Our love affair is endless. We sing songs about it, write poems, our cows jump over it, we catch moon beams, drink moon shine, flash it now and then, among many others. I think I feel another hub to be written by moon light :). Thanks for your inspiration.

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      Quinnster 

      7 years ago

      I like this very much. I needed this to do research for school.

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      megan 

      7 years ago

      good hub but i didn't understand some of them especially moon rabbit.

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      luciexxxx84 

      7 years ago

      Doin a project, this website realy helped x

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      affan 

      7 years ago

      very good for the society

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      EmoIsCool 

      7 years ago from Mauritius

      i love myths

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      pennyofheaven 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      I love myth and legends! Excellent hub! Thanks!

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      native girl :) 

      8 years ago

      Amazing information! Really helped my research! Keep posting!

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      angelfallingfeather 

      8 years ago

      This ws a good site to get started on a deeper research assignment. Creating a lesson plan with this information will be awesome!

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      Kim Lynn 

      8 years ago

      Enjoyed. Thanks!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      8 years ago from United States

      Very Interesting! I actually linked from my hub to your hub, because I thought it was a really awesome hub! Voted up as well!!

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      Mayhem's eye 

      8 years ago

      I keep thinking of something from the movie Moonstruck. The old grandfather tells his friends about the full moon, "La bella luna, the moon brings the woman to the man." I've been searching for a myth that might reflect that belief for something that I'm writing. The closest I've come are some of the myths that focus on sexuality. Do you know of any others?

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      ilikepie 

      8 years ago

      im doin a report on teh moon. thx for the info

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      marisuewrites 

      8 years ago from USA

      I love the moon! I'm a Cancer, sooooo a moonchild should love the moon. great info!

      The moon is the earth's birthchild, you know. When our gravity was formed, the big "rock" that went to the center sent a spray of earth out into the orbit, which cooled and went to just the right spot, and formed our moon.

      Yep. it's a fact, tho' very paraphrased.

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      greg g zaino 

      8 years ago from L'America- Big Pine Key, Florida

      Well done Kathryn! I enjoyed this write very much and shared it on facebook... The topic is one in which all can enjoy.

      :] You've done your homework and it shows. Great Hub!

      peace - greg z

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      uk 

      8 years ago

      gr8 information.,helped in my thesis

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      Michelle 

      8 years ago

      Good!! But where are your sources?

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      Folklore 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for this interesting read. I always enjoy reading about random myths, legends, and folklore. This particular subject reminds me of when I was researching about the lunar effect (full moon madness), a while back.

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      TJ Hooper 

      8 years ago from dublin Ga

      very awesome hub! I loved all the stories of the moon gods/goddesses.

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      adorababy 

      8 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      These are nice to know interesting things.

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      DJ 

      8 years ago

      Nice I love hearing about the moom and myth

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      Ro 

      8 years ago

      This is sooooo awesome!!!! So helpful, and actually very interesting! :)

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      rjb 

      8 years ago

      Wow! Who knew?! That is all so facinating, and very helpful for my project! Thanx!:)

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      Donny 

      8 years ago

      The moon and sun are one .

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      clarissa 

      8 years ago

      not very helpfull.

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      Levi Joshua Kell 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      That was a great hub. Thanks!

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      electricsky 

      8 years ago from North Georgia

      Very good stories about the lunar moon.

      I must say I had never heard any of them before reading your hub.

      Thank you

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      catiebug 

      8 years ago

      doing a report on moon myths this helped a lot thanks bunches !!!!!

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      Elena 

      8 years ago

      The moon is so interesting to learn bout. Wish there was a special class for it!!! It's all do very romantic if you think bout it that way!!!

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      catiebug 

      8 years ago

      lol love myths bout the moon very intriguing to learn bout.

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      meaavash 

      8 years ago

      Good work

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      MOON GOD 

      8 years ago

      Im A Werewolf :D

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      myawn 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Very interesting I love to look at the moon it is amazing Thanks!for the hub

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      cp3paige 

      8 years ago

      awsome

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      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      it was really interesting legend about moon. Thanks

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      Petra Vlah 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Very interesting; never knew that so many legends existed.

      Thank you for posting it

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      Mystique1957 

      8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Wow Kathryn!!!

      I am a moon lover! In fact,

      My love poems and some sad poems(Most in Spanish)

      are inspired by the moon. Which I choose to

      call Selene, just as I choose to call Earth,

      Gaia. Yup! I definitely like your writing!

      Great hub!

      Warm regards,

      Mystique1957

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      Moon-Chick 

      9 years ago

      I like the one about the Mawu myth. It is very interesting myth.

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      Unique Kids Stuff 

      9 years ago

      I didn't know any of this. Very interesting.

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      Joanie Ruppel 

      9 years ago from Texas

      I'm always fascinated with the legends and myths that have come up in different cultures over the years for the heavenly bodies. Good hub.

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      aimee 

      9 years ago

      i love the moon and all wat it can do and the stroys behind it

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      joebhoy 

      9 years ago from Manila

      keep on posting. i like your hub.

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      quijonido 

      9 years ago

      Wow - very interesting indeed.

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      Kimberly Bunch 

      9 years ago from EAST WENATCHEE

      Cool Hub!

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      CarinaLamendola 

      9 years ago

      fascinating!

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      Sexy jonty 

      9 years ago from India

      Great hub .... very original and informative .....

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      vinny2 

      9 years ago

      Awesome hub. Loved the information thoroughly.

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      Mansi.Patel 

      9 years ago from Indiana

      Great hub!!! Thanks for all the info :)

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      Paper Moon 

      9 years ago from In the clouds

      Oh I love myths about the moon. But of course, you could have guessed that.

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      Chocoholic 

      9 years ago

      Awesome info!! thanx ;-D

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