Tuesday’s (December 4’s) sunset over Great Cove, shown here, made it easy to understand why sun worship is part of most recorded history.

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The Egyptians prayed to Ra, the sun god, and Moses cautioned the Israelites not to be seduced by the sun and moon and idolize them. The Greeks, Celts, Asians, and other civilizations also payed homage. Many Native Americans, especially the Plains Indians (but including the Iroquois), considered the sun as a life-giving force. Not a bad idea, allegorically speaking. Here’sTuesday’s afterglow:

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(Brooklin, Maine)