Eclipses in the Americas
When the moon was eclipsed darkness spread. Pregnant women were afraid that their unborn children might be turned into mice. To protect themselves they put obsidian in their mouths and on their breasts.
When the sun was eclipsed it turned red, became troubled, and turned yellow. There was tumult and everyone was frightened. People of light complexion were sacrificed and captives were killed. Suitable chants were sung in the temples. People said that if the eclipse is total it will be dark for ever.
This applies to the Aztecs. The Incas in South America, according to Garsilaso de la Vega (1609), thought that when the moon eclipsed it was ill. When an eclipse began they became afraid and sounded everything that would make a noise, even beating their dogs to make them...
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