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Why do most of the myths regarding constellations happen to have begun from Greek civilization? Why not other civilizations?

Most people who lived in the past era probably observed star patterns in the sky and created their own constellation myths.


Also, I would like to know more about some of the stories regarding the myths of those constellations.

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closed as off-topic by Carl Witthoft, David Hammen, Chappo Says Reinstate Monica, Rory Alsop, Glorfindel Jan 20 at 17:33

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    $\begingroup$ This question may be a better fit for hsm.stackexchange.com $\endgroup$ – Jan Doggen Jan 18 at 8:30
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    $\begingroup$ It's the western world which adopted their own historically used constellations. From a modern view this is neither fair nor biased, but when western astronomy formed into organised bodies there was no reason to do it differently. There are scattered websites talking about conestllation mythology from other cultures, and one can see some of them in the free software "Stellarium". $\endgroup$ – AtmosphericPrisonEscape Jan 18 at 10:34
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    $\begingroup$ They don't. You just haven't learned about astrological lore from other cultures -- especially ones which are extinct or nearly so. You might want to read "1491" , for example. $\endgroup$ – Carl Witthoft Jan 18 at 15:45
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's neither true nor related to astronomy. $\endgroup$ – Carl Witthoft Jan 18 at 15:45
  • $\begingroup$ Most of my knowledge of these myths stems from old Norse stories. I'm 100% with Carl on this. Your premise just isn't true. $\endgroup$ – Rory Alsop Jan 19 at 10:27
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Ptolemy was Greek. He wrote an important book called the Almagest. In it, he lists and describes the constellations as used in Greece in the 4th century BC. Naturally, the Greeks used elements from Greek Mythology in their sky culture, just as Chinese sky culture uses elements from Chinese legend and myth.

Ptolemy's Almagest and Greek sky culture influenced the Hellenistic world, and through Rome, it influenced the whole of Western Europe. Then through European expansion, it came to influence the whole world.

There are several additions to Ptolemy's system: The Southern Sky was divided into constellations by Europeans in the 15th century, and there are several additions to the Northern sky, such as Coma Berencies (Hair of Berenice II of Egypt) and Camelopardalis, the giraffe, (added in the 15th century)

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  • $\begingroup$ The answer you gave me added so much to my knowledge and thank you for that, further if you could provide me with some links or books to refer I would be delighted. $\endgroup$ – Paba Jan 22 at 4:28

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