Monday, May 21, 2012
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Solar Eclipse
Or did you go all sixth-grade science project and make the cardboard cut-out to watch the eclipse properly? *raises hand*
Whenever anything like this happens, I always think about what people thought about eclipses and comets and other spacey-like things through the ages. You know, back before people were glued to their television sets watching the latest riveting episode of Housewives of New Jersey.
So I did a little research. Here's some of what I found:
--In ancient days, people believed a solar eclipse was a monster gobbling up the sun.
--The Choctaw Indians attributed a solar eclipse to a black squirrel, whose eccentricities often led it into mischief, and, among other things, that of trying to eat up the Sun at different intervals.
--The Serrano Indians believe an eclipse is the spirits of the dead trying to eat the Sun or Moon.
--The Navajo Indians believe it is the Sun being reborn. They also believe that you shouldn't gawk at it, out of respect for Mother Nature.
I love legends and stories, particularly those from Native Americans. When you dig a little deeper, you always find profoundly simple wisdom.