Jack and Jill To the Scandinavians the Moon was Mani, the mischevious brother of the Sun,

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Jack and Jill To the Scandinavians the Moon was Mani, the mischevious brother of the Sun, who rode his celestial orb like a chariot. One cold winter night a cruel, drunken father sent his children, Hjuki and Bila, to fetch from the mountain a pail of the sacred mead of inspiration that flowed there as a stream. Mani watched them as they toiled up the mountain and lighted their path part way down, carrying the bucket on a pole between them. But before they could reach home, He picked them up into the sky, pail, pole and all. Their father tried to snatch them back but was unable. However he was able to steal a little of the mead. For contending with the god he was picked up himself and put into the moon. His title is Svigdur (Champion Drinker) and he is why the moon waxes and wanes like a drunken man. To the Scandanavians the shadows on the moon are not a face but show two people carrying a bucket on a pole between them. Hjuki and Bila became Mani's companions. Bila sometimes sprinkles a little of her song-mead on the wind that mortals might be inspired, while Hjuki favors skiers that have failed to find their way home before night by illuminating the snowy slopes. For those of us whose native tongue is English, Hjuki became Jack and Bila became Jill and their story is remembered, if briefly, as a nursery rhyme. By the way, Hjuki means increasing and Bila, decreasing, so as the children climb the mountain ( hill), the moon waxes and as they descend, it wanes.

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