Previous eclipses inspire ancient myths

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Previous eclipses inspire ancient myths

by Jarah Cotton, Staff Editor

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In the thousands of years preceding the relatively recently established scientific knowledge required to truly understand eclipses, ancient cultures manufactured their own explanations for why the sun vanished from the sky so completely. Ancient peoples often interpreted this phenomenon as an indication of divine quarrel, or as evidence of thefts committed by mythical creatures.

Those who believed that the eclipse was an effect of a being stealing the sun, traditionally banged pots and pans together in efforts to frighten the demon enough that it would return the ‘lost’ star. Others, who interpreted the eclipse as an expression of divine anger, took to religious repentance and praises in order to invoke their deity’s forgiveness.

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