Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

Wait, what?

August 25th, 2017 by Vader

Back from the eclipse. (It was way cool.)

Going through my emails. There was one from the local schools, who for reasons unknown are under the impression I have a student attending school from my  home. It was a long discussion of the upcoming eclipse watching activities, emphasizing safety and end with the curious statement:

Students are allowed to opt out of these activities for cultural, religious or others reasons.

I am genuinely puzzled which religions or cultures eschew eclipse observation.

And yet, you can’t decline to customize a wedding cake for a ceremony you sincerely believe, for religious reasons, to be a mockery of one of your most sacred sacraments.

Go figure.

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August 25th, 2017 09:21:08

August 25, 2017

Navajos. I heard about it on the radio. They don’t look at the eclipse – or eat, drink, or sleep during it.

Ivan Wolfe
August 25, 2017

I had several Native students (I teach in AZ) e-mail me that their religious practices required them to stay indoors and fast the entire day.

John Mansfield
August 25, 2017

I wonder how eclipse-eschewing practices entered into the Navajo way. No one would have known to start Monday fasting without astronomical predictions, and very, very, very few would have spontaneously noticed the signs of the partial eclipse from Arizona or New Mexico. So this is an adaption to modern information, and I wonder how that got codified into a practice of the society.

August 25, 2017

I watched totality at a public park, and I noticed two Asian men setting up two small tents. I didn’t notice what was happening during totality, but then after totality, I noticed them taking down their tents. I wondered if they might have set them up for privacy to pray or something. I couldn’t think of any other reason to do that.

It gave me one of those feelings, like a wish, that I was more serious. I honestly didn’t even think of saying even a casual silent prayer during the eclipse. I was helping my children and being jubilant, and feeling that humming worry about how we were going to make our escape from the crowded town and whether there would be a line at the bathroom. It was a moment when thoughtfulness had been crowded out.

Anyway, I come across this kind of feeling from time to time, wishing there was more room in our culture for quiet dignity. I do value festivity, but the constant entertainment din gets old.

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