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    Updated on Jul 27, 2018. Posted on Jul 26, 2018

    12 Different Beliefs About Lunar Eclipses From Around The World

    The Navajo people believed lunar eclipses restored balance to the world.

    So, tomorrow night is kind of a BIG 👏 ASTRONOMICAL 👏 DEAL. 👏 There's gonna be a blood moon, the LOOOOONGEST eclipse of the CENTURY; Mars will be the closest its been in 15 YEARS; AAAAAAND — for my astrology lovers out there — Mercury will still be in dreaded retrograde.


    I know a bunch of my horoscope-obsessed friends are feeling a lil' anxious about the impending planetary alignment, so I figured I'd do a Deep Dive™ into the different cultural interpretations of the blood moon eclipse. Ya know, in hopes that not all of them are bad. ANYWAY, here's what I found:

    1. The Incas

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    The Incas believed that a blood moon was the result of a demonic jaguar attacking — and eventually devouring — the moon. They feared that the jaguar would then attack Earth, so they would shout and shake spears in an effort to scare the jaguar away.

    2. The Hupa tribe

    The Hupa tribe, which settled in northern California, believed that the moon had 20 wives and a whole bunch of pets — most of which were celestial mountain lions and snakes. When the moon didn't bring them enough food, they would attack him, causing him to bleed and appear red. The eclipse would end when the moon's wives came to his rescue.

    3. Wiccans

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    In Wicca culture, the moon is believed to hold a special spiritual power that heightens magic. During lunar eclipses, many Wiccans have reported feeling a greater sense of peace, and a higher overall level of understanding.

    4. Mesopotamians

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    Ancient Mesopotamians, who lived in what is now considered western Asia, saw the blood moon as some sort of otherworldly attack on the moon. In their culture, the perps were seven demons.

    They also believed that what happened in the sky was a direct result of what was happening on Earth, so their eyes immediately turned to their monarch, who, to them, represented their land and society. Because they believed in this correlation, they assumed any eclipse was an assault on their king. Taking precautions, they would hide their leader for the duration of the eclipse.

    5. Hindus

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    Hindu folktales attribute lunar eclipses to the demon Rahu drinking the elixir of immortality. The sun and moon then decapitated Rahu, but since he drank the elixir, Rahu's head remained immortal. Seeking vengeance, Rahu's head then chased the celestial bodies to devour them. An eclipse is what happened if he caught them.

    In addition to the story of Rahu, the people of India also believed that lunar eclipses brought bad luck. Food and water were kept covered to prevent contamination, and many cleansing rituals were performed.

    6. Vikings

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    Vikings believed that a pack of wolves would chase the sun and moon until they crossed paths in the sky. However, an eclipse only occurred if a wolf caught one of the glowing orbs.

    7. Christians

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    In Christianity, many people saw a blood moon eclipse as an indication of the end of the world or the second coming of Christ. The connection was made from the Biblical passage of Joel 2:30, which read: "And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth:
 Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness. And the moon into blood,
 Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord."

    8. Astrologers

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    In astrology, people believe that the moon controls emotions. Many astrologers believe that eclipses then cause a resetting of such emotions and unleash emotional and spiritual clarity that eliminates past emotional baggage.

    9. Vietnamese

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    A Vietnamese myth said that an eclipse was when a frog or toad ate the sun. In fact, the Vietnamese word for eclipse is "shih," which directly translates to "to eat."

    10. The Luiseño tribe

    For the Luiseño tribe of southern California, an eclipse meant that the moon was wounded and/or ill. They would then sing songs and chants to make the moon feel better.

    11. The Batammaliba people

    In the African countries of Togo and Benin, the Batammaliba people thought that an eclipse meant that the sun and moon were fighting, and it was their job to help them reconcile. It was also seen as a time to lay one's own feuds to rest and let go of pent-up anger.

    12. The Navajo tribe

    The Navajo tribe, of what is now the southwest region of the United States, believed that eclipses restored balance to the universe. They would then take time to reflect on their lives, play games, sing songs, and spend time with their families.

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