View Full Version : Solar eclipse pits superstition against science

07-21-2009, 01:39 AM

MUMBAI (AFP) Indian astrologers are predicting violence and turmoil across the world as a result of this week's total solar eclipse, which the superstitious and religious view as a sign of potential doom.

But astronomers, scientists and secularists are trying to play down claims of evil portent in connection with Wednesday's natural spectacle, when the moon will come between the Earth and the sun, completely obscuring the sun.

In Hindu mythology, the two demons Rahu and Ketu are said to "swallow" the sun during eclipses, snuffing out its life-giving light and causing food to become inedible and water undrinkable.

Pregnant women are advised to stay indoors to prevent their babies developing birth defects, while prayers, fasting and ritual bathing, particularly in holy rivers, are encouraged.

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07-21-2009, 08:27 AM
It only goes to show that the human species is barely up off of all fours.........

07-21-2009, 12:55 PM
Astroligers are predicting violence based on a solar eclipse? What was their inspiration, a television? I guess the proper comment to these Karnac's is DUH!

07-21-2009, 01:48 PM
They also predict anthropogenic global warming and the end of our world on December 12, 2012........

07-22-2009, 12:13 PM
It's my suggestion that everyone in India stays inside today.