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TAREGNA, India – The longest solar eclipse of the 21st century pitched a swath of Asia into near-darkness after dawn, as millions watched the once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon Wednesday. A woman was killed in a stampede at the Ganges river in India, where devout Hindus had gathered for the eclipse.
Millions of others, gripped by fear, shuttered themselves indoors. India abounds in superstitions and fables based on Hindu mythology, one of which says an eclipse is caused when a dragon-demon swallows the sun, while another myth is that sun rays during an eclipse can harm unborn children.
Originally posted by thedude69
It starts...the eclipse has begun! I knew there was going to be one of these eventually. Glad one like this happened in my lifetime.
Originally posted by fizzy1
What i found so funny was that people were staying home and as the article said people who were preganant were advised to stay inside a dark room and chant prayers or some such. Whats amazing to me is that even in a world where anything you want to know is only a seconds away with a computer, and all the marvels of science that we use everyday in our lives that we just cant live without, even with all the most basically accepted ideas about life, the world and the universe, we still live in an age where people are afraid of a solar eclipse. ROFLMAO
i mean seriously? I am 100% positive now that there has to be people on the planet who still refuse to believe the earth is round.
Just goes to prove my point i made the other day to some friends. We live in such an advanced age of knowledge yet mankind is still so supremely stupid.