Alan asked in Education & ReferenceTrivia · 9 months ago

Why does the West considers the sun as masculine and moon as feminine?

In most regions (outside of the west) Middle East India and many others they view the Moon as masculine and the sun as feminine

However the west (most countries not all) view them as the opposite, but how come? 

Sun represents 

1) warm 

2) fuzzy 

3) sweet

4) Light (hope)

5) rainbow

6) Nature

7) sunshine

8) harmony 

Does the sun sound masculine to you? Clearly it doesn’t it sounds too feminine 

Moon represents 

1) Cold 

2) Dark 

3) night 

4) scary

5) mysterious 

6) cool

7) calm

8) gentle

Does that really sound feminine to you? Cause it sure doesn’t from what I see

The name sun was originally taken from an European Goddess name Sunna the Goddess of the sun

Between the name Sunna and Moon the name sunna is the more feminine

This question isn’t attacking the west beliefs it’s merely curiosity of mine and wanting to know, thank you for reading^^

1 Answer

  • 9 months ago

    The gender of the solar deity varies more by religion than by location.

    We can probably thank the Egyptians for the idea the sun was "masculine."

    Interestingly enough, that European goddess appears to have been derived from the Proto-Indo-European term whose gender is inanimate.

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