Mudcat Café message #2065074 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #102065   Message #2065074
Posted By: GUEST,highlandman
31-May-07 - 01:55 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: fairy tale motifs
Subject: RE: Folklore: fairy tale motifs
In our (northern) hemisphere the sun appears to pass from east to west via the southern part of the sky. Hence the shadow of a stick appears to rotate in the direction we call clockwise. (Never mind that clocks run clockwise for that very reason.)
In the southern hemisphere the sun also passes from east to west, but does so via the northern part of the sky. Hence the stick's shadow goes the other way around, so cultural references to "sunwise" from south of the equator would of course be reversed.
Does that help?