The Sun has long been a symbol of power, growth, health, passion and the cycle of life in many cultures and religions throughout time. Some believe it is a representation of the higher self, while others see the sun as a God to be worshipped. Read on to learn more about how different cultures perceive the sun.
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The Greeks honored the Sun God with 'prudence and piety'. Because of the sun's sheer power, they made offerings of honey rather than wine.
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The Egyptians identified several of their gods with a solar disc above the head, indicating that the deity was a God of the light. In Egyptian culture, a winged sun disc symbol stood for protection, and they also worshipped the sun god Ra.
Sol is the personfication of the Sun and a God in ancient Roman religion.
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In Chinese culture, it is a 'yang' symbol asssociated with heat, masculine attributes and heaven. Many see the sun as a representation of the cycle of life because of its cycle throughout the day. It rises at dawn with the beginning of life for the day and eventually must 'die' or set.