Ex. 13.15: Northern Lights – Culture
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NORTHERN LIGHTS. The beauty of Nordlyset (Aurora borealis or northern lights) has fascinated people for centuries.The Sami believed that the northern lights were caused by a magical fox running across the snow. When the fox’s tail hit the snow, sparks and snow would fly up, lighting up the sky. In Finnish, the word for northern lights is “revontulet,” which means “fox fires.” The Vikings believed the northern lights occurred when the beautiful maidens – the Valkyries – escorted those killed in battle to the gods. Today, we know that the northern lights are caused by “collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere with electrically charged particles from the sun’s atmosphere.”
Source: Jokinen, Anniina. “Aurora Borealis, The Northern Lights, in Mythology and Folklore.”
Source: Northern Lights Centre
Watch this National Geographic video from northern Norway:CorrectIncorrect