Orion (constellation)

Orion is a prominent constellation located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world. It is one of the most recognizable constellations in the night sky, it is named after a hunter in Greek mythology. Its brightest stars are red Betelgeuse; the earliest known depiction linked to the constellation of Orion is a prehistoric mammoth ivory carving found in a cave in the Ach valley in West Germany in 1979. Archaeologists estimate; the distinctive pattern of Orion is recognized in numerous cultures around the world, many myths are associated with it. Orion is used as a symbol in the modern world; the Babylonian star catalogues of the Late Bronze Age name Orion MULSIPA. ZI. AN. NA, "The Heavenly Shepherd" or "True Shepherd of Anu" – Anu being the chief god of the heavenly realms; the Babylonian constellation is sacred to Papshukal and Ninshubur, both minor gods fulfilling the role of'messenger to the gods'. Papshukal is associated with the figure of a walking bird on Babylonian boundary stones, on the star map the figure of the Rooster is located below and behind the figure of the True Shepherd—both constellations represent the herald of the gods, in his bird and human forms respectively.

In ancient Egypt, the stars of Orion were regarded as a god, called Sah. Because Orion rises before Sirius, the star whose heliacal rising was the basis for the Solar Egyptian calendar, Sah was linked with Sopdet, the goddess who personified Sirius; the god Sopdu is said to be the son of Sopdet. Sah is syncretized with Osiris, while Sopdet is syncretized with Isis. In the Pyramid Texts, from the 24th and 23rd centuries BC, Sah is one of many gods whose form the dead pharaoh is said to take in the afterlife; the Armenians identified their legendary founder Hayk with Orion. Hayk is the name of the Orion constellation in the Armenian translation of the Bible; the Bible mentions Orion three times, naming it "Kesil". Though, this name is etymologically connected with "Kislev", the name for the ninth month of the Hebrew calendar, which, in turn, may derive from the Hebrew root K-S-L as in the words "kesel, kisla", i.e. hope for winter rains.: Job 9:9, Job 38:31, Amos 5:8. In ancient Aram, the constellation was known as Nephîlā′, the Nephilim are said to be Orion's descendants.

In Greek mythology, Orion was a gigantic, supernaturally strong hunter, born to Euryale, a Gorgon, Poseidon, god of the sea. One myth recounts Gaia's rage at Orion; the angry goddess tried to dispatch Orion with a scorpion. This is given as the reason that the constellations of Scorpius and Orion are never in the sky at the same time. However, the Serpent Bearer, revived Orion with an antidote; this is said to be the reason that the constellation of Ophiuchus stands midway between the Scorpion and the Hunter in the sky. The constellation is mentioned in Horace's Odes, Homer's Odyssey and Iliad, Virgil's Aeneid In medieval Muslim astronomy, Orion was known as al-jabbar, "the giant". Orion's sixth brightest star, Saiph, is named from the Arabic, saif al-jabbar, meaning "sword of the giant". In China, Orion was one of the 28 lunar mansions Sieu, it is known as Shen meaning "three", for the stars of Orion's Belt. The Chinese character 參 meant the constellation Orion; the Rig Veda refers to the Orion Constellation as Mriga.

It is said that two bright stars in the front and two bright stars in the rear are The hunting dogs, the one comparatively less bright star in the middle and ahead of two front dogs is The hunter and three aligned bright stars are in the middle of all four hunting dogs is The Deer and three little aligned but less brighter stars is The Baby Deer. The Mriga means Deer, locally known as Harnu in folk parlance. There are many folk songs narrating the Harnu; the Malay called Orion's Belt Bintang Tiga Beradik. In India, Nataraja ‘the cosmic dancer’ is seen in the constellation called Orion; the Bugis sailors was identified three stars in Orion's Belt as tanra tellué, meaning "sign of three" In old Hungarian tradition, "Orion" is known as Archer, or Reaper. In rediscovered myths, he is called Nimrod, the greatest hunter, father of the twins "Hunor" and "Magor"; the "π" and "o" stars form together the lifted scythe. In other Hungarian traditions, "Orion's belt" is known as "Judge's stick". In Scandinavian tradition, "Orion's belt" was known as Freyja's distaff.

The Finns call the stars below it Väinämöisen viikate. Another name for the asterism of Alnilam and Mintaka is Väinämöisen vyö and the stars "hanging" from the belt as Kalevanmiekka. In Siberia, the Chukchi people see Orion as a hunter; the Seri people of northwestern Mexico call the three stars in the b

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