Normalizing a Solar Eclipse – HuffPost

Like ancient civilizations trying to make sense of an eclipse, Trump defenders turn to mythology to make sense of a country they felt slipping away from them during the Obama years. Prior to widespread knowledge about the scientific understanding of an eclipse, dozens of explanations existed. Most of the tales can be traced back to the cultural values held by people of specific regions throughout history. Stories about thieving dogs, hungry demons and distraught bears taking a bite out of the vanishing sun helped people make sense of eclipses. In the absence of scientific fact, people clung to mythology to grasp something otherwise incomprehensible.


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