Each civilization has its own story of why the sun seems to rise in the East and set in the West while changing the length of the days. In Hawaii they tell of how Maui tied down the sun until it agreed to move slower during part of the year so that Maui's mother could dry out the bark she used for making paper.
The Greeks, Romans and others thought the sun, the Roman god Sol, Helios (HEE lee us) in Greek, was a god on a chariot of fire pulled by four horses. After waking up to the roosters crowing he would ride across the sky until reaching his palace in the west then take a golden ferry boat on the ocean back to his eastern palace.
Even though we know that the Earth's polar tilt relative to the plane of its orbit causes the illusion, we still say the sun comes up and goes down. Sun Facts.
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