|Myths about lunar eclipse|
Today is the day of Lunar Eclipse. Lunar Eclipse is a scientific event, as I would call it, which occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra (shadow). This happens only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned in a straight line with the Earth in the middle. Most importantly, Lunar Eclipse can only occur during the night of a full moon.
On this auspicious (scientific) day, we happen to encounter some myths. I would like to shed light on these myths. And the myths that I am going to point here are completely based on Indian context. Alright, here we go...
1. Refrain from eating
We are not allowed to eat during lunar eclipse. Some people don't even drink water, which is way too much. They claim it has some religious value in it, which I don't understand. Refraining from eating during solar eclipse has some proved scientific explanation but during lunar eclipse? If at all there is any scientific explanation for this, do share it in the comments field, I will be happy to learn. I believe it is just a myth followed here in our nation.
2. Take bath once the eclipse is over
It would have been created for the people who don't really have a habit of bathing, I reckon. Or else, the lunar eclipse itself would have occurred early in the morning when the people recognised it for the first time. Either ways it sounds funny right. I don't know how many more such reasons or explanations are stated over this point.
3. Women please beware of Lunar Eclipse
Pregnant women are not allowed to touch sharp objects during lunar eclipse as it may slit open her unborn child's lip. And that is not all, they are not allowed to go out or do any sort of household work during eclipse or her baby will be born with deformity.
Women are not allowed to wear dress of their wish. Women are not allowed to walk alone in road during night hours. Women are not allowed to choose a guy of her own. Actually what women of India are entitled to do? You know something, according to WHO, Indian women is extremely depressed when compared to their male counterparts. Don't you think something has to be done to address this issue?
4. Pray to God before and after the lunar eclipse
When you didn't do exams well, pray to God. When you are about to propose to a girl, pray to God. When you are appearing for a campus interview, pray to God.
Nowadays, everything is demanded. Respect, dignity, self-esteem, self-respect, etc., devotion is the latest addition in that list. Here lunar eclipse falls as a prey to demand devotional spirit from people.
5. Lunar Eclipse as a Bad omen of Luck
Bad Omen? Really!? First and foremost, I don't really understand in what way luck plays a role in our professional or personal life. And can somebody for god sake explain how lunar eclipse comes to this picture.
Indian's are born creative and innovative, I must admit. But guys, can't we apply it in rather other important stuffs?
Top 5 myths of Lunar Eclipse every Indian must know Reviewed by T R Gowthama on 23:10 Rating: