Title

Ancient Explanations for Eclipses

Date

6-1-2017 4:00 PM

End Time

1-6-2017 6:00 PM

Location

WUC Columbia Room

Session Title

Presidential Plenary

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Melinda Shimizu

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Ancient cultures had many fascinating stories to explain eclipses. Many of these cultures, even across continents or on the other side of the world, shared similar themes. And most, but not all, also viewed them as ominous omens or "devils" needing to be chased away since the sun is a life-giving force on Earth and to lose it, even for a moment, would have been terrifying to societies that had no scientific understanding of them. From the gory to the neat to the downright odd, here are the legends people had for eclipses from time gone by.

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Jun 1st, 4:00 PM Jun 1st, 6:00 PM

Ancient Explanations for Eclipses

WUC Columbia Room

Ancient cultures had many fascinating stories to explain eclipses. Many of these cultures, even across continents or on the other side of the world, shared similar themes. And most, but not all, also viewed them as ominous omens or "devils" needing to be chased away since the sun is a life-giving force on Earth and to lose it, even for a moment, would have been terrifying to societies that had no scientific understanding of them. From the gory to the neat to the downright odd, here are the legends people had for eclipses from time gone by.