The hmun of Gãepongwei believe that the two moons are the eyes of the gods Ama and Chehang, which come together during the day to form the sun, Chehangma. Many elements of people’s daily lives are dictated based on the shape and focus of the godseye. Students of the religion know that the motion of the phases tells the story of the rise and fall of Polhmun Ão, which is closely studied so that it might not be repeated.
While there is variation in the names and interpretations of the lunar phases, all of the hmun agree that the phase someone is born under has significant impact on their life and personality. The phase of “Minhal” can be particularly contentious, as this is the time when neither Ama nor Chehang are visible in the sky, and the unfortunate children born under this phase might be cast out from their hmun altogether.
In the hmun “Ateng”, featured in Two Dark Moons, the names of the phases are as follows: Par, Go, Hiwei, Fua, Tang, Sol, Jão, Pel, Dongi, Se, Won, Nor, Chisong, Heng, Li, Ginhãe, Mi, Ker Hiun, Ãofe, Soon, Nai, Tos, Jeji, Minhal. All together, these phases make up a cycle, and four cycles make up a year. The cycles are also divided into thirds (Par-Dongi, Se-Mi, Ker-Minhal), outlining the three acts of Polhmun Ão’s story, or the three phases of one’s life journey.
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