Proposal

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The constellation of Orion is one of the easiest constellation to find in the winter and spring sky. The easiest way to find Orion is to go outside in the evening and look in the southwest sky. The main shape of Orion is a large rectangle of four bright stars, with two of the brightest stars in the sky, Betelgeuse at upper left and Rigel at bottom right. Ancient people thought three stars of the Orion’s belt as a symbol of a legend. As I describe deeper about the figure and symbol of Orion’s belt, I am going to discuss how ancient Greece created mythology and many stories about constellation.

Mythologies about Orion are addressed in many countries in various way.  Even only in Greek myths, there are several different stories about Orion. It is very difficult to define which story was the original. According to Homer’s the Odyssey, describes Orion as a giant handsome hunter. Many stories about Orion’s birth are much of the same, he was a son of the king of sea, Poseidon. Orion was represented as a great hunter.  Through explaining about main story of Orion’s life, I also would like to compare with different tales. Because of the Orion’s belt is such outstanding, there are many interpretation and tales about it all over the world.  Especially the Chinese association of Orion is quite interesting and I will deeply discuss in next paper.

By talking about different myths about Orion and compare connections about each tales, I also would like to discuss about conflict deaths about him.  There are many deaths about Orion and they all look similar yet different. Some stories interpreted that Orion was killed by a scorpion.  Some say that the scorpion was sent by Mother Earth.   Others say it was Artemis, who sent the scorpion to kill Orion.  Many stories are associated with the constellation of scorpion and I am going to discuss deeper about it.  At the same time, as another myth, it was actually Artemis who killed Orion.  The Greek myth says that Artemis’s brother tricked Artemis to kill Orion.  I will use Graves, The Greek Mythology as a reference.

At the end, by discussing the myth differences, I am going to focus on what can we learn from all of the Orion’s myths. Through observing Orion’s personality, I believe that the myths are trying teach us many moral lessons and how people should act with talents.

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