What Represents the Sun?

In numerous civilizations and faiths throughout history, the sun has been a representation of strength, development, health, passion, and the cycle of life. Others consider the sun as a god to be revered, while some think it is a symbol of the greater self.

Because it can generate life and help food to flourish to support villages, the sun is respected. Sun symbols were frequently used by Native American tribes to illustrate stories that were captured in artwork and passed down through the centuries. An Egyptian sign for safety was the winged sun disc. The solar god Ra was also worshipped by the Egyptians.

It is a “yang” emblem in Chinese culture, signifying fire, masculine characteristics, and heaven. Due to its daily cycle, the sun is frequently used as a metaphor for the cycle of life. It rises at sunrise to mark the start of the day’s existence and finally must “die” or set.

Superman receives incredible strength from the sun in 20th-century popular culture. His power enables him to defend and save others who are in peril.

Vitamin D must be absorbed in the presence of sunlight. It also hastens the healing process after injuries. For instance, a study on multiple sclerosis discovered that exposure to sunlight reduced mortality in patients with the disease.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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