Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Ethnicities and habitats

I95A. Orion is a scale. 17.26.-.30.32.-.34.

Orion is a scale.

Hadramaut, Jordanian Bedouins, Chinese, Bulgarians, Greeks, Kumyks (?) , Georgians, Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Turks, Turkmens, Udmurts, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and Siberian Tatars.

Western Asia. Hadramaut [Orion - "scales"]: M.A. Rodionov, 2006, personal communication; Jordanian Bedouins [Orion - "scales"]: Henninger 1954:112.

China - Korea. The Chinese [Chinese know the interpretation of the Orion Belt as a crossbar of scales; Orion's sword is a suspended load]: Allen 1899:315.

The Balkans. Greeks, Bulgarians [Orion Belt - Libra]: Mladenova 2006:139.

Caucasus - Asia Minor. Kumyks [hami-turshi - "scales" (?)] : Potanin 1983:724; Georgians [Sastsari - "scales"]: Potanin 1883:724; Armenians ["yarmo"; "scales"]: Abeghyan 2012:775; Azerbaijanis ("Transcaucasian Turks") [Orion - Tarazi "scales"]: Potanin 1883:723; Turks [Orion Belt - Scales]: Mladenova 2006:140

Iran - Central Asia. Turkmens [Libra; "Ilyasov 1966:33 translates as Libra Constellation, but Orion is not on his list"]: Mladenova 2006:140.

Volga - Perm. Udmurts: Kirillova 2011 [Tarazikizili - "Star Scales"]: 237; Potanin 1883 [Orion - Tarazi ("scales")]: 723.

Turkestan. Kazakhs: Abishev 1949 [three stars of the Orion Belt were called Taraz (Libra), but in some places in Kazakhstan - Ysh Arkhar (Three Argali)]: 12; Potanin 1881 [western from Sultan Bayan-Aul District; three stars of the Orion-Taraz Belt ("scales"); also Kol-Tarazy ("hand scales"), unlike three neighboring stars Pud-Taraza ("Big Scales")]: 126; Kuftin 1916 [Orion-Tarazy-Julduz (" Star Libra"; a word of Persian origin)]: 128; Chuloshnikov 1924 [Orion - Tarazy-Jultuz ("Star Libra"); his appearance in the sky marks the beginning of cold; the appearance of the Pleiades (Urkur) in the sky is the beginning summer heat period, the main constant point of the solar year]: 243; Kyrgyz [Orion-Taraz ("scales")]: Sirotkin, Ivanov 1970:129.

Southern Siberia - Mongolia. Siberian Tatars [Orion Belt - Scales]: Mladenova 2006:140