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From: K.P. Sridharan (kpsrid_at_dsu.deltast.edu)
Date: Mon Nov 06 1995 - 07:23:46 PST

On Sun, 5 Nov 1995 Shakthi@aol.com wrote:

> could someone explain why one has to have a shower after an eclipse? is it
> religion or just something passed on for generations?
>                                                                  kanaka
> 
IT might be a purificatory ritual.  I have also heard that during an 
eclipse that pregnent women should remain indoors and not see the sun.
I have heard that this precaution has some scientific explaination as well-
 that is- harmful cosmic rays are more incident on the earth during an 
eclipse that might harm the fetus.