Related to gods and goddess’, Indra of the Hindu, Iris of the ancient Greeks, and Bifrost the bridge to Asgard of the Norse,
The Rainbow Serpent, eternal being of the Australian Aborigine’s, is the Dream time and world creator
Sometimes the rainbow is feared for its malevolent powers as well as its beneficial ones
The attainment of the Rainbow body in Tibetan Buddhism is sought after as the last stage before Nirvana
In Tibet and Nepal they are also seen as omens of good fortune Wherein the Karens of Burma consider rainbows a painted demon that can eat children
Irish folktales tell of pots of gold guarded by leprechauns
Izanami and Izanagi, the male and female creators of the world in Japanese myth, “descended on the Floating Bridge of Heaven to create land from the ocean of chaos.” In many texts this bridge is known as a rainbow. However in ancestral times in Japan, rainbows were often viewed as omens of bad luck because they represented snakes.
Shamans among Siberia’s Buryats speak of ascending to the sky-spirit world by way of the rainbow
There is even “Fakelore” such as the Rainbow Warrior prophecy: (Since the early 1970s, a legend of Rainbow Warriors has inspired some environmentalists in the United States with a belief that their movement is the fulfillment of a Native American prophecy. Usually the story is claimed to be Hopi or Cree. However, the origin of the “prophecy” is not Native American at all, but rather from a 1962 book titled Warriors of the Rainbow by William Willoya and Vinson Brown from Naturegraph Publishers. Brown, who is attributed with research into Hopi prophecies, is the founder and owner of Naturegraph Publishers) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend_of_the_Rainbow_Warriors
Although rainbows DO have places in the mythology of many Native American peoples
And so much more…
What does a rainbow represent to you where you live? (Besides a meteorological occurrence!)
What stories did your elders tell you about rainbows?