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The word 'firmament' is derived from the Latin 'firmamentum' which roughly translates as 'that which supports, or, is supported'. The Romans used the term more literally: i.e. the sky is fixed or supported above the earth. But, the religious notion of the sky as heaven gave rise to the idea that looking and praying to heaven gives emotional strength or support. Thus, something was lost (and gained) in translation.