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Sun and Moon
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1. Introduction

Since the dawn of human history, the heavens (Heaven) with the Sun and Moon (the governing celestial bodies of day and night) have in all cultures been a subject of mythological, symbolic, and scholarly reflection and imagination, and of intellectual curiosity. Religious rites in many of the world’s cultures also refer to the heavens to this day [21. 9–135]. In the astronomical lore of the early cultur…

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Sieglerschmidt, Jörn, “Sun and Moon”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027655>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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