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Re: VMs: Pleiades
At 16:05 12/05/2004 -0400, Larry Roux wrote:
In any case, there are (by definition) only 7 Pleiades, and 7 alone. They
are named after the 7 daughters of Atlas and Pleione.
Here's a good Pleiades mythology page:-
Any other stars are in the Pleiades group, but not part of the
constellation. The fact that there are 7 is no magical
coincidence. They saw 7 stars and it fit the mythology. Or the
Mythology was created because they saw 7 stars.
Or perhaps (like the Hyades) they just liked the number 7:-
But my own guess is simply that people like the number seven --
it's a nice low prime number which, unlike two, three, and five,
does not generally manifest itself conspicuously in nature. As
a result it seems "mystical'', and people feel compelled to seek
it out, say, in the number of visible planets (five) plus the sun and
moon, or in the artificial construct of a seven-day week. The
Hyades too were supposed to be seven in number, an abstraction
which is even less plausible to the eye than that for the Pleiades.
So much for numerology.
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling....
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