Forewarning: I often make bad jokes and puns.
Why the Sun and Moon shine
Brought to you by: Maasai Mythology (Kenya, Tanzania)
Engai* (supreme/sun god) and Olapa (moon goddess) are described as being a married couple and represent marriage in the Maasai culture.
One day, they got into a fight like many married couples. Engai becomes so enraged that he begins to beat Olapa and gave her a black eye. Olapa, who was not about to take that laying down, inflicted wounds to his face as well.
Engai was so embarrassed that he began to shine brightly so no one can look directly at him and see his scars.
Olapa did not care who saw hers and shines brightly as well, but when the moon is full, her “black eye” is far more visible for all to see.
* The Maasai people are monothestic and Engai is their one and only God but he’s mentioned as having a wife, the moon goddess and yeah. Just thought I’d let y’all know that