posted on Jun, 17 2013 @ 10:46 AM
reply to post by NarcolepticBuddha
"There are many creation myths around the world which explain the origin of the Milky Way and give it its name. The English phrase is a translation
from Greek Γαλαξίας, Galaxias, which is derived from the word for milk (γάλα, gala). This is also the origin of the word galaxy. In Greek
myth, the Milky Way was caused by milk spilt by Hera when suckled by Heracles.
The term Milky Way first appeared in English literature in a poem by Chaucer.
"See yonder, lo, the Galaxyë
Which men clepeth the Milky Wey,
For hit is whyt."
— Geoffrey Chaucer, Geoffrey Chaucer The House of Fame, c. 1380.
In a large area from Central Asia to Africa, the name for the Milky Way is related to the word for straw. It has been claimed that this was spread by
Arabs who in turn borrowed the word from Armenian. In several Uralic and Turkic languages and in the Baltic languages the Milky Way is called the
"Birds' Path". The Chinese name "Silver River" (銀河) is used throughout East Asia, including Korea. In Japanese, "Silver River" (銀河) means
galaxies in general and the Milky Way is called the "Silver River System" (銀河系) or the "River of Heaven" (天の川). In Swedish, it is called
Vintergatan, or "Winter Street", because the stars in the belt were used to predict time of the approaching winter."
edit on 17-6-2013 by
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