Man in the Moon?

Moon Folklore

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We often speak of seeing "the Man in the Moon." Indeed, an image of a face seems to be imposed on the illuminated lunar surface.

  • In Polynesia it is "the Woman in the Moon," and she has her child with her.
  • The Selish Indians of the American Northwest see a toad.
  • Other cultures see a man with a bundle of sticks on his back, a giant, or a hunchback.
  • Japanese see a rabbit.
  • Scandinavians see a boy and girl holding a water bucket.

From the latter image comes the Jack and Jill nursery rhyme! 

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I've always seen a man in the

By tkm2001

I've always seen a man in the moon and closely identified to the sort of mythical creature that finds comfort in the cuff of the moon.

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