Even though it’ll be in full view over the Navajo Nation in Arizona, traditional tribal members won’t look up while it’s happening.

The Navajo word for eclipse is “eating the sun.” In the Navajo tradition it is believed that the "sun dies" during a solar eclipse and that it is an intimate event between the Earth, Sun and Moon.

People are told to stay inside and keep still during the dark period. There’s no eating, drinking, sleeping, weaving or any other activity.

For Angelenos who do want to see it, the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and Caltech in Pasadena will host viewings of the solar eclipse on Sunday afternoon.

“The moon and the sun are sacred the way they were created, and you are not supposed to watch the moon or look at, stare at it for a long time," "It affects your mind and your body. Especially for a woman that’s carrying a baby. Because when there is an eclipse either lunar or solar, this is a sacred time where the sun, the moon and the earth is kind of like in an intimate position when they line up, so it’s such a sacred thing that’s happening, you don’t look at those things that are happening out in the sky.”

If a pregnant woman sees an eclipse of any kind, be it solar or lunar, it might "affect the mind of the woman or also in the future it will affect the health of the baby,” Begay said, and a special ceremony must be conducted to rid them of the influence.

During an eclipse, "every man, woman and child—they have to show reverence, and they don’t eat, they don’t drink water, they just go into the house until it passes," Begay said. “And then they show respect for the moon and the sun.”

Responses to "Navajo members won't watch Sunday's solar eclipse"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Be proud of who you are and what you believe no matter what.

  2. Anonymous says:

    An interesting perspective.

  3. ShaktiEye says:

    This is how all of the Hindu's similarly regard this event - and - they do the same.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The eclipse is Sunday in Australia.

  5. cool website ! for sure !

  6. Unknown says:

    Use NO GLASSES and you'll know what to do. Intuitively, it makes me feel briefly be aware of the wonder, but not stare at the material surface / illusion, but it actually gives ME A FEELING of KNEELING DOWN in adoration and HUMBLENESS. In that state then one is open to receive.

    being in Europe, seeing little or none of it, It is evident for me that I wil be MEDITATING through it. To align or whatever with powerful energies

    What the watchers do is staring at something "sensational" for their personal pleasure and fun "And lead us not into temptation," refers to all outside senses, as the kingdom of God is inside (great spirit).

    But dont worry, everything is OKAY; the non spirituals and others will get a bombload of energy they are supposed to receive, to heal or thrash them.

    All is right for everyone in this TIME OF RENEWAL / CLEANSING on Earth, before the time of REGENERATION comes.

  7. Unknown says:

    how amazingly beautiful our teachings are...thank you for sharing this sacred teaching with us...hai hai

  8. Unknown says:

    you are showing reverence to the cosmic event in a respectful and humble way!!
    We will do the same .

  9. Carrie W. says:

    this is what I have been feeling and thinking. Now I know why I have zero desire to see this event. I was planning on not watching at all. Glad I saw this.

  10. Yes it is indeed; for Aztecs too

  11. Anonymous says:

    May the sun's loving rays shine on us every other day and on this day I choose to meditate and have a total eclipse of my norm ! May all be Blessed!

  12. Anonymous says:

    While everyone is so frantic over these glasses that is suppose to be fake...everyone trying to land their hands on a pair like a Christmas gift....i have no desire to do... or partake....i will also be in my home, so the sun, moon an earth may do what it suppose to do....i am thankful to just be alive during this time....

  13. Anonymous says:

    It is not viewable in Arizona.

  14. Unknown says:

    not going outside. just going to sit in the house

  15. aimiehalo says:

    If you watch it, please protect your eyes.

  16. This will be the 3rd one in my life time,cosmic events happen that cause change to the World,this is another change coming.....get ready.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I adore the moon and the sun, this will be epic for me

  18. Anonymous says:

    I respect your values and give you praise for sharing the reverence for what you feel. I too choose to not watch it.

  19. Unknown says:

    Good point. I love the native perspectives on most everything. I probably was one in my past lives... Note taken this is a loving, intimate, cleansing of one with the Spirit for it is within us ALL

  20. Julie says:

    Thank you for your sharing and I will honour this sacred event as you say.

  21. I appreciate the philosophy and respect the sun and moon, sounds like a beautiful way to get connected spiritually to ones own soul during this time!

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