Europa ft. EmiEm – Frankia

Two different journeys to the same name, Europa. But what is and who is Europa? This is the song of Frankia y EmiEm and the story of its name.

We find its origin in Greek Mythology. Here, Europa is a princess, daughter of the Egyptian Agenor and the mortal woman who captivates Zeus’ attention, a god that sees her from the Olympus. On the other hand, in the times of Galileo, it was this astronomer who discovered what we now call the Galilean Moons that orbit around Jupiter, one of them is called Europa; a moon that may support life and will possibly be visited by humans in the attempt to find a new home.

Europa is sung by my friend María Emilia Endara. The name of this song is related to the journey to conquer Princess Europa and the great moon.

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    In Greek Mythology, the story takes place in Palestine, long before the times of Moses. Here, the Egyptian Agenor, lives with his five sons and one daughter, her name, Europa, the only princess. The story says that one day, Zeus looks down from the Olympus, and he sees Europa and falls in love with her instantly.

    It was common for Greek Gods to be with more than one woman at a time even if they were married or committed to a goddess. A clear example was the powerful Zeus, married with Hera, but always in the look of new ways to be with mortal women.

    So, Zeus descends from Mount Olympus and transforms into a white bull and starts jogging in the shore of a sea close to the city of Tiro. The bull seems so calmed that the princess approaches him to caress him. Later on, Europa picks up some flowers, places them on top of the bull’s horns, kisses him in his snout and climbs on the white bulls back. The animal starts moving and goes directly towards the sea along with Europa on top. The princess, who didn’t know how to swim, scared for this sudden event, holds on to the bull’s horns and witnesses how the shore becomes further and further away. Europa’s maid’s watch sadly from the shore how their princess disappears in the horizon.

    Furious about this event, Europa’s father Agenor orders his 5 sons to go look for their sister and warns them not to return without her, but none of them succeed. The reason they fail is because Zeus casts a spell under any god or mortal who would reveal that he had taken the princess and married her in Crete.

    So the princess never returns, and from her union with Zeus, Europa conceives Minos and Radamantis, the future judges of the Underworld.

    This Greek Mythology story is the origin of the name of the continent we all know today as Europe. It is also the name of one of the 67 moons orbiting Jupiter.

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    europe the moon

    The discovery of this moon takes us back to 384 AC, a time when Aristotle proposed a geocentric model for the Universe. This model said that the Earth was static in the center of everything while all celestial bodies were spinning around Earth. Then Ptolemy came along almost 300 later and improved Aristotle’s model. Such model became the only one accepted for many hundreds of years until Copernicus, in the 1500’s, proposed that the sun must be the center of the universe and not us, this was called the Heliocentric Model. Several decades had to pass until this could be proven.

    Here is when Galileo steps in during the 1600’s, more specifically in 1610; Galileo points his spyglass toward the heavens and realizes that there was something strange going on Jupiter. He realizes that what he though were stars, were actually something different; he discovers 4 moons orbiting Jupiter, 4 moons that are now known as the Galilean moons and that now carry on the names of Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto, all named after Greek Mythological characters.

    The reason Europa is talked about so much is because scientists believe it has a proper environment that may support life, bacterial life since it has an immense sea of water, twice as much as Earth. Perhaps is not the same kind of life we see here but it can be bacterial life.

    The surface of Europa is just ice, but if you drill it some kilometers, 20-50 km, you’ll find liquid water. The reason you’ll find water that is kept liquid is because of the gravitation or tidal action of Europa’s orbit with massive Jupiter. This motion (much like the tug and pull between Earth and the moon), keeps Europa warm.

    There is a movie directed by Sebastian Cordero, an Ecuadorian director, called Europa Report. This movie is about the million-mile voyage that a crew of astronauts undertakes to search for life in this moon, the 4th biggest of Jupiter.

    This discovery of the Galilean Moons, especially Europe was huge, it changed the egocentric idea that we were the center of everything; it gave an opening that the Universe is much larger than we know. It also brought us a new perspective of life, of new possibilities of the existence of life in distant planets and moons. It awaked the curiosity for looking the reasons of our presence. Finally, it was also discovered that not even the Sun is the center of everything, that we are a small blue dot part of an incredibly vast sea of darkness and light.

    Well, these are the reasons of why I have named this song Europa, I hope you enjoyed the stories!

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