Spring 2005 (13.1)
Legends from Azerbaijan
The Sun and Moon
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Left: Babadagh (Grandfather Mountain) is
the fourth highest peak in the Caucasus in Azerbaijan at 3,629
meters. It is located north of Ismayilli. At the top is a "pir"
(sacred place) dedicated to Hasrat Baba, a person recered as
a holy man, who is believed to have lived during the period when
the area was known as Caucasian Albania. Photo: John Connor.
Told by Rajab Safar oghlu Ramazanov, 73, in Lankaran, close to
the Iranian border.
They say that
one day a man went hunting but he couldn't find anything. Finally,
he came to a pond. A beautiful girl was sitting on the opposite
side. The girl was so beautiful that the Hunter couldn't stop
looking at her. Eventually, he approached her and started to
talk with her.
The girl said that her name was Sun (Gunash). So the Sun and
the Hunter spoke together for awhile. When it started to get
dark, the Hunter offered Sun to be his guest. Sun accepted the
invitation. They came together to his house. The Hunter was very
respectful towards Sun. Sun stayed there overnight. In the morning,
the guest woke up before the host did. When she went outside,
she cast her light all around. That awakened the host.
When he looked at Sun, the light dazzled his eyes. The Hunter
couldn't approach her. That made Sun feel shy about her beauty
and so she returned to her room. The Hunter told his neighbors
about his guest and said that it was difficult to come close
One of his neighbors insisted: "I can catch her. You'll
see." Sun again stayed at Hunter's house. The next morning,
Hunter and his neighbor waited for Sun to come outside. Again
when Sun went outside, she cast her light around. The Hunter's
neighbor also realized that it would be very difficult to come
close to Sun. Her light blinded their eyes. Eventually, the Hunter's
neighbor started to shoot arrows at her. One of the arrows wounded
Sun in the heart. Sun started to run away and went to live in
the upper regions of the sky. There she took off her dress and
hung it up. To this day, the spots of blood on her dress can
be seen as a rainbow in the sky that appears after rain.
The Hunter was disappointed and started to look for Sun but couldn't
find her. They say that Hunter was really the Moon and his guest
was the Sun that casts light to the world, making our lives more
beautiful and more vivacious.
Sometimes you can see that the Moon is trying to wait until morning
to disappear because he is hoping to apologize to the Sun for
his behavior. But he has never succeeded. It has never happened
because Sun always manages to run away.
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