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Friday, August 1, 2008

ECLIPSE MYTHS AND TRUTHS

This post is triggered by the solar eclipse that happens Friday.

When i was a little kid, i used to believe what my folks were saying about solar and lunar eclipse. They have do's and dont's when eclipse come. In fact, eclipses are viewed as bad omens. When i was schooling already, i came to know this truths about eclipse.

TRUTH

- during a solar eclipse the stars can be seen during the day as the sun is gradually devoured and ultimately blotted out by the moon.

- solar eclipses occur when the moon moves in front of the sun. This can happen only at the time of a new moon, when the moon is between Earth and the sun. When the three objects align perfectly an eclipse occurs.

- Risk of eye injury if one looks directly at the sun even during a partial eclipse. The eyes will be  damaged unless a proper eye protection is worn. It is extremely dangerous to eyesight to look directly at an eclipse at any stage expect during totality. 

MYTHS

India   -   eclipse spells bad omen so there are some who engage in banging on pots and other creative tactics are employed to drive the "evil spirits" away.

            -  people would immerse themselves in water to help the sun fight the dragon. 

            -  pregnant women not to go outside during the eclipse to avoid having a blind baby or one with a cleft lip

            -  food cooked before the eclipse was to be thrown out afterward because it would be impure

             -  those who are holding a knife or ax during the eclipse would cut themselves


Philippines  - many cultures in remote areas believe that a demon or dragon was devouring the sun. 

China -  Chinese banged pots and drums to shoo the frightful sun-eating character away

Egypt  - children are often kept indoors with windows covered or shades drawn during an eclipse to avoid being blind.

8 comments:

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Sandra Carvalho said...

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JeFf & NoVa said...

hi mommy meldz...

pagkataas aning imong sugilanon sa imong myths ug.. pero sa akong facts bitaw no kay lahi man pud, lahi-lahi ra jud og facts and myths ang matag-usa ka nato ba.

bahin sa imong comment nko:
-ako pud intawon nalingaw inig makadwat kog comment-letter gikan nimo, kay masking wa kaayo pa ta magkita og makailhanay i do treat you nga usa sa akong mga higala na. akoa jud ng napansin kay na-shock akong beauty atong nanawag jud ka nko kausa uy. may uban man gud nga ngayo number ug ID bayot wala na dayon, deadma para malakip ra tingali sa collection, pero wa man ko magdumot kana nga pamaagi diha nimo mahibaw-an ug ang usa ka tawo tinuod jud diba?

sige jud day, akong usa ka higala kay naka adto na siyag Malaysia, mixed daw diha nga country dear, mostly british ang mga tawo mga mixed napud, aw nakakita siyag iyang nauyab didto nga pastang ka-gwapo uy.. mistiso jud day, basi diay makabangga ka diba? ug wa jud n diri ta mamili eh..hahahaha...

sige lang gud, kita man tanan diba nakadahum ug ang atong mga produkto kay mga wafa og wafo unsaon nlng aron atong paninghambog, masking murag mahulog tag yaya sa atong mga kaugalingong anak...

sa imong pagpahibalo sis, wala ko ning dayon ug kuhag SSN kay hulaton ko nlng nga maminyo nko aron mausa uy, di lalim mgsigeg balik-balik may untag laagan ko nga mugawas permis balay, makabalo ko sa street diri pero di jud ko tingguwas ug balay uy..maong basin mahisalaag ko.. hahaha..maTV patrol nya ko..pastilan...

wa man ko mabored sis, basta may internet lang jud ko kay masking atong naa pakos gensan, di man ko tinglaagan jud uy. pundo ra kog balay, mutanaw sine ug usahay mukaon sa resto with my usa ka higala.

maong sanay nko ani, karong semanaha kay mag babysitter ko bayot 2 kids sa igsoon s akong fiancee uy.. aw, kani kay malingaw jud kog sakto, i can't wait uy...

sige, di sa nko hutdon akong sugilanon ha? sunod napud.. hahahaha..para snake... hahahaha..

happy weekend mommy meldz....miss u..ingatz always...

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U.Lee said...

Hi Imelda, I've only seen twice all the years...but not superstitious....just thrilled to see it. Lee.

Tey said...

I try not to believe on myths as it just sometimes makes us paranoid. But it's good to have some as somekind of warning or something.
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Sandra Carvalho said...

Hey Imelda!Tkx for passing by over my blog!;)

Vadi said...

Well nice info.. Thank you !!! :)