DEVOURED BY DARKNESS
Dr. E.C. Krupp
Total solar eclipses are now monumental mass entertainment and merchandising opportunities that command world attention. In the past, however, an eclipse was the last thing people wanted to see. In antiquity, an eclipse meant the foundations of the world were at risk, and to many traditional peoples, it looked as if some kind adversary was not just harassing the sun or the moon but taking a bite and swallowing it out of the sky. The rich catalogue of responses to a solar eclipse will be sampled.