Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The moon is held to be the origin of life. Its seemingly magical ability to undergo metamorphosis from a thin sliver to a full orb, to disappear completely only to return and continue the process all over again, made it a natural symbol for cycles of life and the basis for the reckoning of time. “Months” are typically counted from new moon to new moon, with 13 months occurring in a year. The predictability of this 29%-day cycle made the moon the celestial body of choice to mark religious ceremonies, with many being held at the new moon. The moon's cycle is linked to the seasons, ...