Quarrel of the sun and the moon


“I am out of patience with you,” said Moon to Sun. “Although I bring people together, you scatter them. Thus many are lost.”

“I have desired many people to grow,” said Sun, “and so I have scattered them; but you have been putting them in darkness and thus have you been killing many with hunger. Ho! ye people!” called the Sun. “Many of you shall mature. I will look down on you from above. I will direct you, whatever you do.”

Then Moon said, “And I, too, will dwell so. I will collect you; when it is dark, you shall assemble in full numbers, and sleep. I myself will rule you, whatever you do. And we shall walk in the road, one after the other. I will walk behind him.(1)



“Myths do not have an author, they are anonymous. All together they are: “That great anonymous voice uttering a discourse from the depths of the ages, issuing from the extreme depths of the mind”.(2)



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(1) Cherokee, “Quarrel of the sun and the moon,” in Myths and Legends of the Great Plains, edited by Katharine Berry Judson, 147. Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co,1913. A Project Gutenberg EBook
(2) Lemaire, Ton, Claude Lévi-Strauss: Tussen mythe en muziek [Amsterdam, Ambo, 2008]

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