Lunar Eclipse: Facts, Myths and Superstitions

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June 15, 2011 12:00
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Statue of a dragon in downtown Ljubljana, Slovenia. Photo - wili_hybrid

Lunar eclipses were considered to be the work of dragon by ancient nations. The Indians believed a serpent eats up the moon when it eclipsed, or a demon devours it. The Chinese call the the lunar eclipse yueshi (lunae devoratio), and ascribe it as the machinations of a dragon. Almost all the populations of Northern Asia hold the same opinion. Many European nations, including the Scandinavians, and the Moors in Africa, had a similar belief.

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