Friday, February 22, 2008
The day the Moon crashed into the Sun
Last nights lunar eclipse reminded me of a solar eclipse we experienced while in the jungle.
One day, the sky became darker and darker. Actually a slight greenish tint appeared on everything. I had the children look up eclipses in the World Book Encyclopedia and we realized we were witnessing a solar eclipse.
We got out my husbands welding mask and some x rays to look through, and all went outside to watch the eclipse.
As the sky darkened and the shape of the moon became visible in front of the sun we found ourselves joined by most of the village. They were all very nervous about what was happening and seemed surprised that we were not! Not even our children.
In my very limited Ye'kwana, I tried to explain what was happening and why we did not need to fear it. The old chief, Bertico, arrived very flustered! We put the mask on him and he yelled out,
"Why is the moon crashing into the sun?!?!?!"