Solar Eclipses Were Scarier When We Didn't Know How The Moon Worked
What do you do when the sun goes out? Ancient civilizations had loud (and sometimes violent) reactions during solar eclipses.By Evan Thomas | March 4, 2016
Total solar eclipses can inspire a certain amount of awe, but they're nothing to be scared of. Of course, nobody told Earth's ancient civilizations that.
Eclipse is derived from the ancient Greek ekleipsis, meaning "abandonment." And it sure seems apt. I mean, the sun just turned off. Now what do we do?
Make noise. Viking mythology held that solar eclipses were the work of Sköll, a wolf pursuing the sun god Sol. When Sköll swallowed the sun, those on Earth made as much noise as they could to drive it off.