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Mond: the male moon

I come across many depictions of moon goddesses, but very few moon gods. After a little research I found some very interesting facts...

from various websites:

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It may be noted that most of the oldest civilizations had male lunar deities, and it was only later cultures — the classical ones most people are familiar with — that featured strong female moon goddesses.

That the moon was once used to calculate the calendar is fairly obvious, in that the word "month" literally comes from the old Germanic "moonth", meaning a moon period. The word moon is also of Germanic origin, where it was (and still is) Der Mond, referring to a "male" moon. Infact, in all Indo-European cultures the sun was originally a goddess and the moon a male god, something that was reversed with the advent of the patriarchy.

We have already in part pointed out that the moon has been considered as of the masculine gender; and have therefore but to travel a little farther afield to show that in the Aryan of India, in Egyptian, Arabian, Slavonian, Latin, Lithuanian, Gothic, Teutonic, Swedish, Anglo-Saxon, and South American, the moon is a male god. "Moon," is a very old word. It was móna in Anglo-Saxon, and was used there, not as a feminine, but as a masculine for the moon was originally a masculine, and the sun a feminine, in all Teutonic languages; and it is only through the influence of classical models that in English moon has been changed into a feminine, and sun into a masculine. "Down to recent times, our people were fond of calling the sun and moon frau sonne and herr mond."

The Romans recognised the god Lunus; and the Germans, like the Arabs, to this day, consider the moon masculine, and not feminine, as were the Selênê and Luna of the Greeks and Latins. The Egyptians represented their moon as a male deity, like the German mond and monat, or the Lunus of the Latins; and it is worthy of remark, that the same custom of calling it male is retained in the East to the present day, while the sun is considered female, as in the language of the Germans. In Slavonic, as in the Teutonic mythology, the moon is male.
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