The Food of Dragons: Literature on Eclipses

The Food of Dragons: Literature on Eclipses

Before science and logic and reason, there was a different way to explain strange phenomena: magic. Long ago it was commonly thought in China that eclipses were caused by dragons eating the Sun.   This caused archers to shoot arrows into the darkened sky until the dragon was defeated, and the sun returned. The Chinese have remained undefeated to dragons since the first recording of an eclipse in 2134 B.C.E.   Courtesy of Fair Fax Underground   It has been nearly 100 years since the last total solar eclipse in the United States. Since the rise of heliocentrism, or the knowledge of the Earth orbiting …