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When the Moon Became a Cow

Part of the Omni-Myth Series.
When the Moon Became a Cow
Photo by Carolyn Whitson

Once upon a time, the Moon and the Sky were in the midst of a love affair, when Lord Sky's wife came upon them. To avoid being caught, Lady Moon transformed herself into a white cow.

The Lord's wife, not easily fooled, requested the cow as a gift, and her husband, not wanting to seem suspicious, agreed. The Moon was taken to live amongst the wife's herd, where she was guarded by an all-seeing giant.

Escape seemed impossible, until the Lord of Knowledge, sent by his father the Lord of the Sky, arrived disguised as a shepherd. The Lord of Knowledge spoke charms to put to sleep the eyes of the all-seeing giant, then struck him dead with a stone.

But Lady Moon was not yet free, for the wife sent a gadfly to torment her. Still in the form of a white cow, she fled from the field, travelling all over the world in her quest to rid herself of the fly. Tiring, she reached a great river and took comfort in its waters.

The moon transformed back and gave birth to a son. She named the boy Touch, for he was conceived when the moon touched the sky. Touch would become known as a sacred bull, a great king, and father to several races of man.