Friday, August 22, 2008

Fatal Lunar Eclipse Rumor, India

Express India
22 August 2008

Lunar eclipse rumours bring hundreds out of their homes

Express News Service

Pune, August 21 -- It might have been someone’s idea of an April Fool joke but this one caused a lot of confusion and agitation early on Thursday morning. Many confused and irritated people at Tadiwala Road and Bhavani Peth poured out on to the streets because of several wild rumours. They said that sometime between 3 am and 5 pm, there were frenzied knocks on the doors asking people to get out of their houses if they wanted to survive the ill-effects of an alleged lunar eclipse. [...]

The Times of India
22 August 2008

'Death in sleep' rumours keep residents awake

PUNE: It was a sleepless Wednesday night for many citizens in the Pimpri-Chinchwad township and some Pune suburbs, following a rumour that people were dying in their sleep. The 'reasons ' for the rumoured deaths were many -- planetary effect, fast spreading illness and earthquake. [...]

The Hindu [India]
22 August 2008

Eclipse of moon triggers rumours in Pune

Pune (PTI): A police van took rounds with blaring microphones on Thursday night asking people in many localities to go to sleep and ignore the rumours that they could be dead next day morning if kept awake. [...]

The Herald [Goa, India]
22 August 2008

‘Keep Awake’ rumour has Goa in tizzy!


MARGAO, AUG 22 – This rumour – which spread like wild fire in many parts of Maharashtra in the last two days – gripped Goans as well in the wee hours of Friday.

The rumour read like this – keep yourself and your children awake or risk dying in sleep, literally keeping many a children awake in the wee hours of today. [...] [India]
24 August 2008

Rumours keep people of six districts awake!

By Team Mangalorean, Bangalore

DHARAWAD, August 23, 2008: Residents of six districts of North Karnataka, including Hubli-Dharwad twin cities, spent sleepless night on Thursday and even some people on Friday following thick and fast rumours that children and elders who fall asleep in the night would die. [...]

However, some educated persons moved all over the Hubli City the entire night banging house doors and advising people that it was all blind belief and not to wake up the sleeping children. [!]

The Times of India
25 August 2008

People lose sleep over quake rumours

AKOLA: Scores of people in rural parts of west Vidarbha region, comprising Akola, Washim and Buldana, have stopped sleeping in their homes after rumours of earthquake and other natural calamities spread in the past 4-5 days. Many people have been sleeping in their courtyards or on the roads.

Sources said that people have been receiving SMSes about natural calamities from Jalgaon, Khandesh, Bhusawal, Parbhani, Nanded, Pune, Surat and Baroda. Sources said that an SMS doing the rounds says that a child was recently born with moustaches and killed his parents. "The child would bring disaster to the world. The parents must not allow their children to sleep or they would die of some disease." [...]