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Old February 12 2013, 01:21 PM   #1
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astronomical genders

In another thread we happened to stumble across the problem of astronomical objects having different genders.
Rhubarbodendron wrote: View Post
Interesting that in both your languages both nouns are female. In German, Earth is female but the moon is male =)
And while in Italian (and in French, too, I believe) the sun is male, our German one is female
The Mirrorball Man wrote: View Post
I think there are symbolic reasons why one would associate the moon with the female gender, but maybe it's just my linguistic bias showing.
iguana_tonante wrote: View Post
Yeah, I've thought about it as well, and I think there must be some kind of climate-related reason at work here.
I rather think it has something to do with traditions and cultural connections (for example all former Roman provinces having the same system, all Celtic countries using another system.)

What's your opinion on this subject? Symbolic, climatical or cultural reasons? Or completely different ones?

What genders to sun, moon and earth have in your own language (and do you happen to know why?)
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