A Historic Brazilian Constellation
The night sky is filled with stories.
Cultures throughout history have projected
some of their most enduring legends onto the
Generations of people see these stellar constellations,
hear the associated stories, and pass them down.
Featured here is the perhaps
of the Old Man, long recognized by the
native to regions of
South America now known
The Old Man, in more modern vernacular, may be composed of the
Hyades star cluster
as his head and the
belt of Orion
as part of one leg.
Tupi folklore relates that the other leg was cut off by his unhappy wife,
causing it to end at the orange star now known as
The Pleiades star cluster
, on the far left,
can be interpreted as a head feather.
In the featured image, the hobbled Old Man is mirrored by a person posing in the foreground.
Folklore of the night sky
is important for many reasons, including that it records
cultural heritage and documents the universality of
intelligence and imagination.
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