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Moon NamesIt's important for people to remember that there isn't one sanctioning body in the world that defines the name for things. Moon phases have varying names based on location and culture. What one nation in the Native American culture names a moon phases, doesn't mean another Native Nation is going to use that same name. In other words, the Cherokee in the Eastern U.S. may have one set of names for the full moon and the Yakma in the northwest may have a completely different set of names. One of the first literary references to "blue moon" comes from a pamphlet written in protest by two converted Greenwich friars, William Roy and Jerome Barlow. The poem: Rede me and be nott wrothe, For I saye nothinge but trothe. If they say the moon is belewe, We must believe that it is true. 1524 ~ William Roy and Jerome Barlow I'm writing an article about the history of the blue moon on my blog and found this info today.

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