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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: October 2020

Chapter 1 - The Moon in Ritual, Myth and Magic

from Part I - The Moon in the Mythic Imagination

Summary

Strands of ancient ritual tradition, scientific inquiry and imaginative fancy cluster thickly around the Moon. Its most ancient, probably prehistoric, role was as a celestial body whose phases measured out the months for the Greeks; indeed, Plato identified the Moon, Sun and planets with the creation of time itself, and attributed to the Moon, with its monthly cycle of phases, a formative epistemological effect by teaching us how to count.

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