Mythology of Rainbows

Rainbows are mysterious, especially since they are so beautiful and seem to appear so randomly.

In Norse mythology the rainbow, called Bifrost, signifies the bridge between Midgard (the mortal world) and Asgard (the world of the gods and divinity).

In Sumerian myth, rainbows are connected to divine war and the bow and arrow of the god Ninurta. Who would’ve guessed that rainbows are violent?

In Greek myth, rainbows are used for the transportation of the goddess Iris.

In Australian Aboriginal myth, the Creator serpent is a rainbow.

In Judeo-Christian myth, rainbows serve as a promise to humanity that God will never flood the world again.

In Hindu myth, Indra, the god of thunder and war shoots lightning with a bow made out of a rainbow.

In  Chinese myth, Hsienpo and Yingt’ai are star-crossed lovers who must wait until the rainbow appears to be alone together. Hsienpo is the red in the rainbow, and Yingt’ai is the blue.

In Sumu myth, the rainbow is the symbol of the devil.

In Buddist myth, the rainbow is the highest state before Nirvana.

In Burmese mythology, the rainbow is a painted demon that eats children.

Japanese and Gabon myth both state that the creator descended to the Earth via rainbow.

The Slav myth states that if one were to touch a rainbow they’d ascend to heaven and become a demon.

Bulgarian myths state that if one walks beneath a rainbow, one will start to think and act like the opposite gender.

Amazonian myth states that rainbows cause skin problems, so one must close their mouth when there’s a rainbow.

And the Irish myth of the pot of gold and leprechaun at the end of the rainbow.

Does anyone else find it strange that rainbows are so often evil???


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