loss of the sun, the source of life even for a moment has left a deep
impression on beholders. People from different parts of the world
have interpreted this happening in many different ways. The unexpected
descent of darkness at daytime was considered a bad omen and in turn
has been associated with many tales, beliefs and myths.
For centuries, the priests of ancient civilisations in Mesopotamia,
Egypt, Greece and India kept the knowledge of eclipses to themselves.
Because they could predict the occurrence of eclipses they could frighten
people into believing that they had the power to cause eclipses at
will. People were made to fear eclipses and to make sacrifices to
guard against their effects.
But today, when we have the the knowledge to understand this natural
phenomena, there should be no reason to continue to live in fear of
eclipses. Why should we prevent ourselves from enjoying an opportunity
to see a fantastic view, a view that tells us of our place in the
It is an opportunity to think about the sun and a celestial game played
by moon and interpret this in interesting ways. Lets add onto the
tales that others before us have conceived.
look at an artist's impression of the eclipse click