Crowd Gathers at Angel Mounds for Eclipse

You didn't have to drive to Kentucky to experience the eclipse. At Angel Mounds in Vanderburgh and Warrick County, an eclipse party celebrating the partial eclipse in an ancient setting the scene of many sun and moon rituals.

The crowds gathered  on Monday on the same ground  where Native Americans thrived more than 1,000 years ago and looked to the skies, just as the Mississippians did in 1000 A.D.

"Angel Mounds was pretty important to people who lived here," said Angel Mounds Director Mike Linderman. "They worshipped sun, lunar alignments, and solar alignments. So, all coming together with eclipse today."

Some came to Angel Mounds for that taste of spirituality.

"We are one with nature now," said Mike Beyke, "and we'll see what nature does once we get to the dark part."

"Talked to some people from Michigan who couldn't get over the bridge," said Linderman, "who say they came here because of the spiritual component and what this means to the people who lived here."

Others came for the wonder of it all and the thrill of seeing nature and science come together even in a cereal box.

"Basically need a tube or box , then make a hole and covered with aluminum foil," said Melanie Fox. "Poked a small little hole in it. So if you angle it, sunlight goes right through that hole and block diffused light then you see shape of the eclipse, how far eclipse has gone through the cereal box." 

(This story was originally published on August 21, 2017)

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