As a communicator of astronomy, the term “blood moon” is a major thorn in my side, since it suggests something other than a lunar eclipse and conjures images of a moon shimmering in crimson red colors, which is not at all accurate.

Someone considered to be expendable (it was not a popular job), would pose as the monarch, while the real king would go into hiding and wait for the eclipse to pass.

Some Hindu folktales interpret lunar eclipses as the result of the demon Rahu drinking the elixir of immortality.

If he catches them we have an eclipse – Rahu swallows the moon, which reappears out of his severed neck.

Pregnant women especially should not eat or carry out household work, in order to protect their unborn child.

Traditionally, they view a lunar eclipse as a conflict between sun and moon – a conflict that the people must encourage them to resolve.

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