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Today's weather

We've hit the day's high already, and it's a whopping 99 degrees (37 celsius). It's not humid.

I found out one interesting thing the other day as I was reading about Middle Eastern mythology. In Europe, the Corn King dies before the harvest, when the sun is disappearing and winter is looming. In the Middle East, the fertility consort of the Goddess dies in the SPRING, because it's not darkness and cold that kills here, but scorching heat.

I welcome the coming of winter with open arms.


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Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
not me,I dread winter more every year, but I have to admit I would probably enjoy it where you are
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Sep. 22nd, 2009 08:54 am (UTC)
It gets into the mid-80s in the hours before dawn even now. Daytime temperatures will be in the high 70s during the peak of winter, which is why winter is the benevolent time in the Middle East.

The Arabian gods were a different set from the Mesopotamian ones, which I find striking considering how close the two areas are. Of course we don't know a lot about the Arabian gods because the Muslims were very thorough about eradicating them, and they didn't have much of a written tradition to begin with. Most of what we know is from "The Book of Idols" by an early Muslim writer, and you can see the bias just from the title.

At least three of the Arabian deities were Moon deities, and the ruling pair of deities were a lunar god and goddess. Allah *might* be the surviving moon god but no one knows for sure. Certainly it is not coincidental that the dominating symbol in Islam is the crescent moon.
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