Like severe storms, droughts, and shooting stars, things in our natural world have lead to tall tales and legends. These same phenomena also have had an impact on the cultures of the world resulting in varied beliefs, special ceremonies, and local vernacular. Choose one of the following project options, and learn more about the Moon's effect on humans. Download RM 4: The Moon and Cultures document from the Related Items section below to record your findings.
Many cultures around the world have interesting myths and legends about the Moon. Some believe each phase has a particular symbolism or that there were certain gods associated with the Moon. Others believed the type of Moon in the sky determined how the crops would fare or stood as a sign for future wealth. Research some myths and legends about the Moon. Use the following links or perform your own internet search.
Throughout history, many cultures have special celebrations and festivals based on the phases of the moon. Groups such as the Buddhists, Native Americans, Celtics, Chinese, and Colonial Americans had special beliefs about the Moon. Do research on how these or other groups have special celebrations that involve the Moon. Use the links below or perform your own internet search. Use the information you gather to make an electronic presentation. It can be a brief PowerPoint presentation, Glogster, Prezi, Story Jumper, VoiceThread, PaperSlide, or any other electronic medium for presenting.