I just read an AFP article from my Yahoo News page about the Solar Eclipse that will take place in parts of Asia Wednesday, July 22, 2009, when the moon will come between the earth and the sun completely blocking out the sun. We will not be able to view this eclipse here in America.
The article spoke of the superstitions and religious views held by many in regards to a solar eclipse and this one is receiving the same attention by many.
Indian astrologers (India) are predicting that violence and turmoil will result from the eclipse but astronomers and scientists are trying to play down the claims of evil happenings in connection with Wednesday’s natural phenomenon.
In India and other parts of Asia some of the superstitious believe that food with become inedible and water undrinkable. They are advising pregnant women to stay indoors to avoid the possibility of a deformed child. Praying and fasting is encouraged on this day and ritual bathing in the holy rivers is encouraged. A rise in violence in the days following the eclipse is also predicted. Devastating natural disasters are predicted and some say an Indian political leader could be killed. Some are predicting that US military action will take place in Iran shortly after the eclipse.
Such doomsday predictions are trying to be dismissed by educating the public about the eclipse.
The eclipse is coming in the middle of India’s monsoon season and viewing the eclipse is not very likely. A travel firm has charted an aircraft at $1,600 a ticket for a chance to see the eclipse form 41,000 feet above the earth. The experts on board will explain the eclipse to the passengers who have a sun-side seat for viewing the eclipse on this three-hour flight from New Delhi. (The article didn’t say where the flight was going from there.)
I found this article interesting because throughout history solar eclipses have been linked to some great happening of some kind, either good or bad. What do you think?