—These Mythologies about the Rainbow
Because of the beauty of the rainbow and it is an incomprehensible phenomenon, the ancients explained the phenomenon of the rainbow on the earth by mythology; in many world cultures, the rainbow was an important symbol. Till Galileo studied the characteristics of light, we could explain the phenomenon of the rainbow.
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- In the Genesis, the Bible of Jewish and Christian, the God Jehovah asked Noah to build an ark to avoid the flood. Later, God made a rainbow covenant with Noah and his descendants, and God let Noah know through the rainbow that the flood was gone away. God said: “I have made a rainbow covenant with you and your descendants, and with all your living creatures here, the birds, the animals, the beasts, and all the living creatures come out of the ark. All flesh and blood will no longer be destroyed by floods, nor will any earth be destroyed by floods.” God said: “I have marked the everlasting covenant, I put the rainbow in the clouds, and it will be a sign for us. When I cover the earth with the clouds, the rainbow must be in the clouds, and I will remember the covenant that I have made with you, and the water will not overflow again.”
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- In Greek mythology, the Iris is the personified rainbow goddess and an envoy communicating of heaven and earth.
- In Irish mythology, the Leprechaun collected the precious deposits at the end of the rainbow.
- In India mythology, the rainbow is the bow of the thunder god “Indra”, called Indradhanush.
- In the Nordic mythology, the rainbow bridge is the connection between the god field called, Asgård and the human habitation, called “Middle Earth World” (Midgård).
- In a Germany fairy tale, the rainbow is the palette that used by God to paint the colors of birds.
- An ancient Maya book also stories the rainbow, which marked the advent of the new century after the destruction of the earth.
- Some Native Americans believe that the rainbow is made of wildflowers; in other mythologies, the rainbow is the ruffle of a God’s coat.
- In Chinese Mythology: Nuwa (a goddess) refined five-colored stones to repair the sky, and the colorful light emitted from the five colored stones was the rainbow. In Tibetan Buddhism, there is a mysterious phenomenon related to the Tantric practices, which is known as the “rainbow phenomenon”. It means that at the end of life, precious little people who have the great perfection of practice will turn into a rainbow and disappear into the air.
- In the ancient Japanese mythology, the rainbow is a bridge between heaven and earth. The first man and woman walked down the bridge and learned the knowledge about the world.
—Where the Rainbow Comes From?
Now, we know exactly how the rainbow formed. The rainbow is an optical phenomenon in the weather. When sunlight irradiates at the water in mid-air, then the sunlight is refracted and reflected, forming an arched colorful spectrum in the sky. In fact, there are numerous colors in the rainbow, for example, there are some subtle differences between red and orange, but for the sake of simplicity, only seven colors are used, these are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and purple from the outer circle to the inner circle.
As we all know, sometimes we can see rainbows on rainy days. In fact, as long as there is sunlight behind you, and moisture in the air in front of you, you will get the chance to see the rainbow at any time. The rainbow most often appears in the afternoon, as soon as the rainy day has turned the sunny day. When there are few specks of dust in the air and full of little water droplets, one side of the sky is darker because of covering rain clouds. And there are no rain clouds overhead or behind the observer with the visible sunlight so that the rainbow will be more easily seen. Another place where rainbows are often seen is the place near the waterfall. On a sunny day, sprinkling some water or water mist in the air back to the sun, we can also make the artificial rainbow.