Eclipse brings bad luck

Eclipse brings bad luck
This is a myth in the Asian culture that a total eclipse means bad luck because the evil giant is trying to eat the earth. When it is daytime and darkness sets in due to the eclipse, the interpretation is that the world is inside the mouth of that invisible evil giant and that we should make noise to avert the impending doom. That is why old folks here would be ready with the pots and pans when there is news of an eclipse. They would use those metal pots and pans to create noise. And when the sun comes again, they will heave a sigh of relief and proclaim that the good wins over the evil.

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kgord
Yes, I think ancient peoples were very afraid of eclipses. Of course, they didn't understand what was happening because science wasn't very developed at that time. We have one here in the US that is going to be taking place on August 21. Most people are looking forward to it as something different and unique.
Posted by kgord on 08-12-2017
Neiltarquin
We Asians are so superstitious. At times the story behind those folklore are rather amusing than scary because we now know some of them are just make believe. I forgot about the exact story of the Filipino version why eclipse occurs but I know it was entertaining for me back then. For me, there is no harm believing those myths, as long as it is healthy and is not affecting anyone, especially you own safety.
Posted by Neiltarquin on 08-12-2017
Pixie
I heard that some people believe that eclipse brings bad luck. However, I don't really believe in that. I remember that the last time we had an eclipse over here how excited we were to wear those eclipse glasses to watch the eclipse. I love watching the eclipse.
Posted by Pixie on 08-12-2017
hermessantos
Eclipse is just a natural cause. I honestly do not see any bad luck factor. I think people like to make up stories. Science has already proven what eclipses are, so we have to leave this story of bad luck in the past.
Posted by hermessantos on 08-12-2017
giovanniiiii
I love solar eclipses and I also have love for culture and beliefs like this. I believe that it is because of beliefs that traditions have survived and stayed strong, especially in Asian countries wherein festivals revolving around beliefs are held. I do not fully believe the bad luck and omens but sometimes they are unnerving to think about.
Posted by giovanniiiii on 08-13-2017
Alexa
I think people thought it was the end of the world or that there was misfortune because there was no light, but I don't see it as being a bad luck omen. It still isn't an omen as it's a natural part of nature and how it works, just as it gets darker in winter, or there is more sunlight during summer. In the old days where people had no clocks, they used the sun to determine their day and when they would rise and work. To have darker days meant it was confusing, but as they only occurred rarely, I doubt it caused too much trouble unless people were accused of witchcraft at the same time.
Posted by Alexa on 08-13-2017
Mehano
I have never heard about this before. Probably because I am not Asian nor I live anywhere near it. But that is very interesting. Do the current generations still believe that the total eclipse brings bad luck?

In my country, we don't really have any special superstitions that would involve the eclipse. We do love to watch it though. I remember a few years back when we had one, we all bought those special protection glasses and watched it.
Posted by Mehano on 08-13-2017
amitkokiladitya
This is a long running ancient belief that eclipse brings bad luck. The light emitted during the eclipse is considered as unholy and inauspicious. The condition is tenser in Indian culture. We cannot do anything important at the time of the eclipse. Most of the strict believers take a bath before and after the eclipse. Stepping out, cooking and eating food is completely prohibited. The rules and regulations are stricter for pregnant women.

Personally, I feel that all these beliefs are nothing but superstition. How can any natural phenomena bring bad luck? The sun, moon and the earth follow a regular pattern of rotation and revolution. Obviously, they will come face to face with each other some time or the other. So what is unholy if they cross their path? For me, it is a complete depiction of unjustified beliefs of old people.
Posted by amitkokiladitya on 08-13-2017
peachpurple
Yes, Asians are very superstitious about eclipse because the old folks do not understand the science concept of the moon and the sun. All they heard from their ancestors are the folk tales. I have not seen the real eclipse in my life, just saw on TV. It will be a spectacular sight indeed. Since it happened once in a life time, it would be best to record the video, take photos or write down a journal to pass it on for future generation.
Posted by peachpurple on 08-13-2017
wallet
Wow, this point of view is very interesting. I never thought in this way about a solar eclipse, that we are in a giant mouth...it is logic that making noise, will make the giant evil to disappear. Probably there is a lot of superstition similar to this one, but in my opinion, this is just a solar eclipse. I've been there and nothing bad happened, I think we will be ok this time, the same as the previous times!
Posted by wallet on 08-13-2017
Jonathan Solomon
To be honest, I can't quite elaborate on if an eclipse brings good or bad luck. What I do know is that a type of energy swing is taking place. Those that understand spirituality and meditation usually take the time to zone in and tune themselves with the energy of an eclipse. Personally, I've experienced several eclipses and never experienced anything bad, odd, or out of the ordinary.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 08-13-2017
overcast
I don't believe in such stuff. It's interesting stuff to see how there are some of such superstitious things. And there has to be some reason behind that. People have their own belief. And they tend to gravitate around such. But in reality there does not seem to be any such conditions. And in turn it'd not be reasonable to believe in any such superstitions as well. We just have to believe in facts.
Posted by overcast on 08-13-2017
Marvadaum
This all depends on the interpretation. If you think that the sun is a source of heat and energy and by being without it, we will be weaker then yes. Now if you think that the sun isn't the only natural source of energy around then it's no9t necessarily that bad.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-13-2017
JoeMilford
This is a pretty fascinating discussion. I know that our species has been obsessed with the eclipse, and every other aspect of the sun and moon and their manifestations, for centuries. There is, most likely, a psychological residue in all of us, as humans, of the ancient and ongoing superstitions and myths which we have carried with use, consciously or subconsciously, throughout the centuries. However, bad luck is gonna happen to us, no matter what, whether there is an eclipse going on or not. Good luck is gonna happen too, by the way.
Posted by JoeMilford on 08-13-2017
Joteque
Well to each his own I would say. We are all product of our environment and culture will have influence on us particularly due to our family ties and history. It's good to have a background that keeps us thinking creatively with an open mind and imagination while we acknowledge science and various cultural perspectives. These are some of the things that keep us grounded while we as a people acknowledge the unquestionable possibilities that can evolve from our great unknown but well connected universe.
Posted by Joteque on 08-13-2017
Gettingmile
True talk here, a different country with their different beliefs and culture. Believe system is very powerful, once a certain belief about a thing has successfully gained entrance to your heart you automatically hold firm to it and it will be very hard to break it. The reason why they think so might be an incident that has occurred many years in Asia.If you go now to them and try to convince the people that have this belief that it's just a myth and you try to explain the scientific reason why we have eclipse today, it will be very hard for them to believe you or it will take a considerably great amount of time for them to accept your new belief about the eclipse.
Posted by Gettingmile on 08-13-2017
vinaya
In our culture eclipse brongs bad luck as well as good luck. An astrologer will read birth charts or astrological signs and tell a person whether the eclipse is bad for him or good for him. Whether eclipse is good of bad depends on a person's star sign, that is according to our culture.
Posted by vinaya on 08-13-2017
simplym
I have never heard of this myth before until now reading this.
Posted by simplym on 08-13-2017
Denis_P
I find all the different types of superstitions from different cultures to be really amusing. That being said, to me that is literally all they are, superstitions. Scientifically there is absolutely no reason that anyone should be afraid of a total eclipse, however so many people are adamant that the upcoming eclipse is a sign of the end times. Superstition like that can be fun if you're doing it for the sake of entertainment, but I wouldn't take it seriously. Intense superstition needs to be sent back to the Dark Ages, because today we should know better.
Posted by Denis_P on 08-14-2017
BigDreamer
I didn't know that the Asian culture had a superstition about the eclipse. I don't have any superstitions about the eclipse and I am really looking forward to it. I do like reading about how others are feeling about it though.
Posted by BigDreamer on 08-14-2017
this_free_spirit
I love learning about different cultures and their beliefs about different natural events. I think the myth would make a great story for young students to learn about other cultures, and as a discussion point about the natural phenomenon. I must say that I am not overly surprised about the myth. I feel that the Asian culture has a large variety of longstanding myths about the world around them. I do like the idea though of noise helping to scare away evil.
Posted by this_free_spirit on 08-14-2017
chatbox
Funny, I'm an Asian myself but this is the first time I've learned that such a superstition exist. The OP might perhaps be referring to local legends/myths/stories? My grandparents never made noise during eclipse. I'm aware though that eclipses are special phenomena in astrology of which I am not a believer. But I'd like to take exceptions during the New Year where people make noises to ward off the evils of the past year and to welcome the new year with fresh hopes.
Posted by chatbox on 08-14-2017
LeJayJ
Every society since the beginning of time has attributed mystical power to that which is not yet understood, be it vengeful Gods showing their displeasure through natural disasters to witchcraft causing crop failure or illness. I think that if the myths or superstitions related to events that go beyond our understanding contribute in some way to the well being of the society that invents them, that they are a good thing as they reduce the fear around the unknown and give a sense of unity to those that believe them. What is funny is how although we know that what we do know about the universe is nothing when compared to what there actually is yet to discover, and still we talk about things as if they were carved in stone. One day what we believe could sound just as corny as giant evil beings trying to eat the earth. Wouldn't it be just a great universal joke if it turned out that the evil giants just went on a space holiday leaving humans to come up with more and more scientific reasons in their absence to explain why we didn't all get chewed to a pulp centuries ago? And now they are are on their way back to have dessert? Wouldn't we feel like the stupid ones?
Posted by LeJayJ on 08-14-2017
felabruno
Never heard of such thing in my life before. I don't believe they bring bad luck to people but I guess it's okay if in other cultures they believe that an eclipse can give you bad luck. Personally, I don't believe in the "luck thing" in general. For me, things always happens for a reason.
Posted by felabruno on 08-15-2017
MatejaBogunovic
Well no. Solar eclipse is an astronomical event in which the Moon blocks the Sun for a few minutes. It has nothing to do with bad luck, it's just that the Earth's orbit around the Sun and the Moons orbit around the Earth get aligned perfectly every couple of years. The next total eclipse will be in 2024.
Posted by MatejaBogunovic on 08-22-2017