On the way back from the brink of Nohkalikai falls on Sunday 3rd December, 2017 the sun was about to set and before reaching Khliehshnong, Sohra, the skyline bade farewell to mother sun, when suddenly we were awestruck by the huge celestial wonder, the Big Full Moon. Till that moment, we were never aware of the phenomenon of a big moon and casually got excited with the visual treat. It was around 5 O’clock in the evening that we clicked a few pictures until nightfall. As soon as I reached home I downloaded the pictures and posted on Facebook, when comments started pouring in as I was about to finish the caption. We received some information and for the first time came to know about the particular instance of the moon being nearer to the earth. The full Moon is a supermoon coined in 1979 by Astrologer Richard Nolle, as he refers to either a new or full Moon that occurs within 90% of perigee, its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.
There was prediction that this year the supermoon will appear on 7th April, 2020, but it was disheartened that the full Moon was normal, even on the subsequent days as it waned. Nevertheless, it was informed that there will be more occurrences in the subsequent months and for that we are anxiously waiting. In the Khasi mythology, the Moon is the only male element among the five primary elements of the creation myth. The other four female elements are the Sun, Air, Water and Fire, which serve as the sources of energy for every life on earth. Interestingly, the myth is one of the principles of the Khasi matrilineal system. The other cultures of the world did not recognise the Moon as an element with a primary source of energy, but in Khasi culture Moon is of vital importance for all beings on earth pertaining to their relations with nature.