In ancient writings and legends one can find references to times when there was no Moon in the sky. Researchers are studying this evidence, trying to unravel the mystery of this period and its impact on the Earth.
References to times without a moon can be found in various sources. The ancient Greek philosophers Democritus and Anaxagoras spoke of times when no moon was visible in the night sky. Aristotle in his writings described the history of Arcadia, where the Pelasgians lived, and mentioned that it was “in times when the moon did not exist”. Similar references can be found in the works of other ancient Greek authors such as Apollonius de Rhodas and Plutarch.
In addition to Greek sources, evidence of times before the moon can be found in other parts of the world. Colombian indigenous people from the highlands of Bogota pass down oral histories of times when the moon was not yet in the sky. Symbols and walls have also been found at Tiahuanaco, an ancient city in South America, indicating that the Moon appeared in orbit about 12,000 years ago.
One of the researchers who studied this mysterious era was Hans Schindler Bellamy. He examined the monument at Tiahuanaco and interpreted the astronomical symbols on it. He concluded that these symbols told a story about the moon. He also argued that before the moon appeared, the Earth rotated more slowly and the year was only 290 days long. With the arrival of the Moon, the Earth’s rotation speed increased and the days became shorter.