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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta tmj Eclipse prompts strange primitive behavior Vw York Times Service YORK Following nhiit n.av have been the last oi'ioi to observe the ro 11. 1 ions ol primitive peoples Ui i eclipse lour teams lionch scientists have in detail such beluuiOi within isolated 1'ihes in South and 1 h e found striking i .uU'iiU ween traditional i --mi dies tor an eclipse on sides ot the Atlantic IR on every hollow w ithm reach and ibh'si the bodv with white In me tube the medicine chewed aloe leaves and i h' m at all near him to the effects of the In cinother the ic were accused of in'.' the sun ations were the laboiatoiy of ethnology and comparative sociology of the University of Paris for the unusually long eclipse of last June 30 A summary of the findings was issued last and a more detailed report has now been received here NEXT ECLIPSE are being made by astronomers for observation of the next total eclipse of the on June 20 The moon's shadow will sweep across the southwest corner of Australia and over Amsterdam Island in the Indian Ocean Otherwise the path will be at sea A half dozen groups of amateur and professional astronomers are being organized by travel agencies in the U S to visit Australia for the event but the extent of observation will not be comparable to that of last vear Not only was the eclipse then unusually but its overland path was extensive as well There will be no total eclipse in 1975. The next one will be on Oft when the lunar shadow will cross a large part of Australia. In their the French ethnologists found that some of the traditional reactions to an eclipse are already fading Thanks to radio virtually all of the people observed knew the eclipse was although they did not understand its real nature That the natives should harbor within their heritage practices even remotely resembling an eclipse tradition seemed remarkable in view of the scarcity of such events within any one tribal area In view of current inroads of modern another opportunity to observe such behavior may not occur Last year's eclipse began over northwestern South and a French team was on hand at a village in Surinam The traditional conception of an eclipse according to the ethnologists' NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE a battle between the sun and the who are brothers eldest being the if the sun does not win could be perpetual the report said separate the the elders told one must make the most noise beating on everything that is hollow and sonorous after the eclipse one must undertake a cleansing rite to rid the humans of blood that fell on them from the wounded moon Radio announcements had warned of the coming and at when it took nothing unusual was done One old man complained even at the last it had been hard to get the younger generation to bang pots and pans suitably one of two hours after when the sun had regained its the French saw an old woman approaching a group of children with a palm leaf covered with kaolin white arrival near the children she seized said the despite its protests began daubing it with the clay from head to foot Other old women joined and soon the entire village was white. Then the villagers entered a nearby washing off the clay according to the the blood of the moon Another team joined a group of Islamic nomads in the drought stricken region of in the central Sahara The men were away seeking food The women said in advance of the eclipse that it would be an evil omen devised by God to punish the wicked As the eclipse became the who had been drawing water from a became transfixed One moved away and with her veil over her head She became by the and agitated by convulsive movements A team in Ethiopia was not within the zone of totaiitv. but the sun became 95 per cent obscured Among tribesmen of the daubing with white clay in advance of the eclipse was widespread People were told by the elders to look east If they looked it was they would die One medicine man explained that painting oneself white or yellow was an appropriate way combat the darkness of the eclipse Elsewhere along the path of totality the having heard that American scientists were there to conduct eclipse reported that the Americans were placing an awning in front of the sun before carrying it off g RESH BREAD Ann white or brown 20 oz. net wt. loaf F O PRICES EFFECTIVE in Lethbridge May 1974 Ozark NEY BEANS Taste 28 fl. oz. tin F O R ICE CREAM Snow assorted flavours pt. ctn. 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