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How the World Became Colorful

Updated: Jun 18, 2023


As we learned previously in 'How We Got Day and Night' (read that first), the movement of the sun around the Earth lead to day and night. What you don't know is the consequences of that. Here are some of the consequences. Let's start at the beginning.

From 'How we got day and night' we know that the sun was chasing the moon. Read that story first before reading this.


Long ago, the Earth and the clouds were black and white. The Sun and Moon were the only sources of color. So how did the world become what it is today? Let's see.


As we know, clouds are made up of water. Bigger clouds have more water while smaller ones have lesser. As the sun was moving furiously around the Earth, it left a trail of fire behind. The moon also, as it was running, left behind a trail of ice and white particles. This mix of colors along with the varying amount of water in the clouds formed different shades and colors.


So now, the clouds were also colorful. But it got into their heads. They were arrogant and boasted all the time about how pretty they looked and how no one else on Earth was as good looking as them.

Most of the animals put up with their behavior, but the monkeys didn't like it. They hated the clouds because of their stuck-up attitude and always tried to take them down a few pegs. The clouds however were way too high for the monkeys to reach and remained unharmed.


As we know from the previous story, the sun ran around the Earth , chasing the moon. As it went around the Earth, it went near the clouds and melted all the colors off.

The colors fell on earth and colored it. We got different colors and the clouds became white, almost transparent.

The monkeys were overjoyed. They were glad to see the clouds sad.


Even now, when it rains (which is basically the clouds crying about their plain looks), the monkeys come out and get drenched, basking in their happiness at the clouds misfortune.

The clouds sometimes come close to the ground, hoping to attract the colors off the Earth back onto them. They stretch so thin, trying to absorb the Earth that it forms a misty layer of air. We call this Fog.

We are told not to stand under trees during lightning. This is because the clouds aim for the monkeys resting in the trees, hoping to strike them. It is also unwise to stand on high places since the clouds know that monkeys love high grounds.

When the clouds are crying, they sometimes get so frustrated that they yell out in anger. This is called Thunder.


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