May 24th, 2008 by sabrina

Ratih is the Balinese Goddess of the moon. The Balinese have a myth which explains lunar eclipses featuring Ratih. It is said that the demon Kala Rau had stolen a drink of the elixir of immortality, called Tirtha Amertha. Ratih told this to the great God Wisnu, who threw a magic discus at the demon and cut off his head. Since Kala Rau had just begun to swallow the elixir, his head was immortal but the rest of his body died. Trying to exact revenge, Kala Rau chases Ratih across the sky. He occasionally catches and swallows her, causing a lunar eclipse, but because he is just a head with no body he can not hold her for long.

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