The subject of the Sun is so universal and affects so many areas
of our lives that a study of it easily extends beyond the
disciplines of Science and Mathematics. Studying how other cultures
view the Sun as well as, how other generations revered it will
broaden the students appreciation for their own culture as well
expand their knowledge and understanding of other people and
Sample Ideas and Topics for Discussion:
Mathematics | Language
- After studying the Shamash Hymn discuss
the hymn and how it reflects the view of their Society toward the
Sun at the time it was written.
- Why is this poem considered beautiful?
- How does this hun reflect the culture? Why do you think
- Why was the Sun so important in the culture?
- What did the Sun "do" for these people?
- Research other poetry/hymns on the Sun?
- Contrast and compare that view with your own culture and the
attitudes now generally held regarding the Sun.
- Write a poem about the Sun. Experiment with the different
genres of poetry that you have studied in English this year. Take a
look at one example of a poem done
by Holly Bernitt.
- Compose a song about the Sun. For extra-credit collaborate with
a friend to compose the actual music for your song.
- Consider what everyday life would be like in ancient Egypt.
Imagine the importance that the Sun would have on your life. View
yourself in different stations of life - from the slave to the
Pharaoh. How would your life in each situation be affected by the
Sun? Write a newspaper article reporting on everyday life in
ancient Egypt. Do an imaginary interview of people from different
strata of society to include in your article.
- In reading about the different cultures consider their
scientific achievements. Do you think that how some of them made
the Sun part of their religious worship affected their scientific
achievements? Why or why not?
- On this site we studied many cultures and what they believed
about the Sun. However some had other gods and other beliefs.
Research who those other gods were and how belief in them affected
the lives of the people who believed in them.
- The worship of a Sun deity occurred in many cultures. Do you
think that where the people lived on Earth played a part in how
they viewed the Sun? Why? Why not? Were some geographic areas more
likely to worship the Sun than others? Which ones? Why? Why
- The Sun has had a strong impact on artists over the millenia.
Look at the works on this site.
- What do they "say" to you?
- How do you "see" the Sun in them? Is it direct or implied?
- What do you think the artist is trying to convey by choosing to
capture the Sun the way he/she did?
- Research other works by the same artist. Do they also reflect
an interest in the Sun?
- If so, is the treatment of the Sun done in the same way?
- Does the artist focus primarily on nature scenes or indoor
- Write a creative essay on one of the pieces included on this
- Choose one of the Sun gods from our list of Sun gods from
around the world and write an essay on it. If your culture has a
Sun god that isn't on the list you can write an essay on them as
well. After you finish your essay you can send it to us and we will
endeavor to put it up on our page.
©Copyright 1998 Elizabeth
Beckett, Holly Bernitt, and Vishwa Chandra.