Why is the Moon not the second most important planet God in mythology?
It is the largest object in the sky, at night it is sometimes so bright it can hurt your eyes, it seems to create two tides a day.
Why is the Moon seemingly not empowered or feared like the mighty but far away dots in the sky such as Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury?
Does this back up a theory that the Moon was captured recently in our history?
Earth captured the Moon recently?
The period when the Earth was Moonless is probably the most remote recollection of mankind. Democritus and Anaxagoras taught that there was a time when the Earth was without the Moon. Aristotle wrote that Arcadia in Greece, before being inhabited by the Hellenes, had a population of Pelasgians, and that these aborigines occupied the land already before there was a moon in the sky above the Earth; for this reason they were called Proselenes.
Apollonius of Rhodes mentioned the time when not all the orbs were yet in the heavens, before the Danai and Deukalion races came into existence, and only the Arcadians lived, of whom it is said that they dwelt on mountains and fed on acorns, before there was a moon.
The memory of a world without a moon lives in oral tradition among the Indians. The Indians of the Bogota highlands in the eastern Cordilleras of Colombia relate some of their tribal reminiscences to the time before there was a moon. In the earliest times, when the moon was not yet in the heavens, say the tribesmen of Chibchas.
The Earth Without the Moon | Immanuel Velikovsky
Could you date old civilisations by their mentions of the Moon?
In what countries folklore does the Moon bring war and catastrophe to the Earth?
The Dark Moon Goddess?
Or is the Moon a very powerful God in all ancient civilisations and folklore but for the common man in the street who only knows his mythology from movies, it is full of more important and feared Greek and Roman Gods. Selene and Luna.
Lilith, Ancient Sumeria: Lilith has many different names, such as Marilith or Lilitu, but all of them connect with the common theme: A demon woman, often with wings, who kills men and sometimes children: A succubus … She is a Sumerian fertility/agricultural goddess, and she is the Greek goddess of the dark moon.
Selene, Ancient Greece: The Goddess Selene is the Full Moon aspect of the Greek Triple Goddess. The others being Artemis – Waxing Moon, and Hecate – the Waning Moon. In the maiden, mother, crone aspects of the Goddess, Selene is the mother Goddess, Artemis the maiden and Hecate the Crone.
Moon Gods and Goddesses