One doesn't see much of Queen Serenity in Sailor Moon, which makes her all that more alluring to me personally. It has to be hard to run a Kingdom, raise a daughter all alone,
and fend off the forces of Negaverse to try and save the lives of her people. I wish we knew more about this Lady of the Moon, but sometimes the least information is the most. Pictures of her are hard to find, so if you have any good ones out there, please send them to me!
|Race: People of the Moon/Goddess|
|Status: Queen of the Silver Millennium/Kingdom of the Moon|
*~*~Sailor Moon is steeped in a ton of mythology, mainly Greek and it
all starts with Queen Serenity herself! In the Manga (Act 10: The Moon)
in her first meeting with the re-born scouts she says: "On Earth, I am
called Selene, Goddess of the Moon." So who is Selene in reality, or
rather mythology? Originally Selene (Luna in Latin =^.^=) in Greek
mythology was a Titan (an older race of Greek Gods) and had a brother
who was the Sun God named Helios. In later years both Selene and her
brother Helios were confused with the more modern Greek gods Artemis
(Diana in Latin) and her twin brother Apollo. Even then Selene was
still around, but as one of Artemis' three forms: Selene in the Sky,
Artemis on Earth, and Hecate in the Underworld and Darkness. One can
easily see where Queen Serenity, Serena, and the Cats get their names.
~*~*The main love story between Darien and Serena is also based on a
Greek Tale. The Japanese version of Prince Darien's name, Endymion is
Greek in origin. In the Tale, Endymion was a young and very handsome
Shepherd/Hunter/King (his occupation depends on what poet you listen to)
that attracted the love of Selene herself watching in the night sky
above. She put him into an eternal slumber so that he would never age
like her, but he would also never be awake to love her in return, so
that her passion is her pain as well.
"Endymion the Shepherd,
As his flock he guarded,
She, the Moon, Selene,
Saw him, loved him, sought him,
Coming down from heaven
To the glade on Latmus,
Kissed him, lay beside him.
Blessed his fortune.
Evermore he slumbers,
Tossing not nor turning,
Endymion the Shepherd."
(Theocritus, 3rd Century)
Hamilton, Edith. Mythology. Boston: Little,
Brown and Company, 1942.
In Remebrance of a Queen
A beautiful shrine dedicated to Queen Serenity of Sailor Moon,
which is a rarity out there is cyberspace...
Other Sailor Moon Links:
The Sailor Moon Hideaway
All the info you ever wanted from the series and the movies,
but watch out the sound bytes do bite!
Meatball Head Moon Page! (Sailor Moon)