Viewing the eclipse through our ancestors’ eyes

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will pass over the breadth of the United States for the first time since 1918. While the ease with which we access information now allows us remove the mystique from celestial events. That wasn’t always the case. In preparation for the eclipse, the Keizertimes is taking a periodic looks at the significance of eclipses and the evolving ways humans view them. We’re starting by looking way back. Our ancestors blamed everything from demons to animals to wars between heavenly bodies as the cause for eclipses of...

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