written in the sky

There's nothing at all surprising about the development of tales and legends woven around the brightest stars in the sky, throughout civilisations in space and time. In fact, it's the diversity of these myths and stories that different cultures have used to convey beliefs and values in their society that makes looking up at the constellations so interesting. A hunter to one culture might be a drum to another, and a canoe to someone else! I went on the hunt for a compilation of constellation myths from different cultures, and although there are some great resources out there, I didn't quite find what I was looking for. So I'm using this section of Treasure Hunter to store stories that I come across, as well as their origins (as best as I can determine).

To get started, click on a picture of the constellation that you want to know more about!

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