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Do not eat or sleep, these are some myths about lunar eclipses

Some cultures believe that during an eclipse, you should avoid food, sleep and so many other myths around this natural phenomenon.

Eclipses have always been a subject of fascination for human beings and even though we know now that is a completely natural phenomenon, our ancestors considered it being something to do with bad spirits of Gods and, therefore, they believed doing some things would stop the impact of an eclipse in their daily lives. 

Here are some myths that still today some believe and that have no scientific explanation at all, mere superstition. 

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You should avoid food

It is believed that a lunar eclipse can cause the food to absorb “negative energy”, therefore you should avoid eating any kind of food that might have been exposed. 

However, it is scientifically proven that there are no damaging particles or rays that breach Earth’s atmosphere, so don’t worry. Nothing will happen to you if you grab a bite. 

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Don’t fall asleep

It is believed that if you fall asleep during an eclipse, you might miss the chance to fight back the spirits that are attacking the Moon. 

Now we know that won’t happen mainly because we have no power over Moon, Sun, and Earth orbit’s trajectory. 

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You should take a cold bath

And not just with cold water, but with your clothes on according to some religious entities. 

Fortunately, is just a myth. 

Avoid intercourse

Some Hindu shastras consider eclipses as an inauspicious event and a sign of a bad omen, therefore, you have to avoid sex. 

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Again, thankfully, it is demonstrated that eclipses are not bad omens, but rather natural phenomena. 

If you are pregnant, stay inside your house

Just as the myth around food, some cultures believe that pregnant women should avoid going outside or even getting out of bed to stop “bad energies” reach the unborn child. 

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Again, it isn’t backed scientifically so no, eclipses won’t harm unborn babies.

Is a time to restore relationships

Not all myths have a dark side. Some African communities such as the Batammaliba people in Togo believe that eclipses are a conflict between Sun and Moon, therefore is perfect. chance to resolve any conflict with one other. 

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