Symbol of destruction.
Many people believed that comets were a sign of something bad. In Ancient Egypt, they believed that comets brought about bad weather, either too hot or too wet. Romans depicted a comet on their coins after Julius Caesar died. There was a comet in the sky after Caesar’s death and the new emperor, Augustus Caesar declared that the comet was there to show Julius Caesar’s divine support for Augustus.
In the middle ages, people believed that comets caused outbreaks of the Black Death. During this period comets were also depicted on coins. During the Renaissance, comets were seen on coins and medals. These were used as good luck amulets to ward off the bad luck from the comet.
In Hinduism comets for told bad events. They believed that when a comet appeared a king or important person would die, also there would be a calamity or civil unrest. They believed that two comets appeared before the Great Flood. They believed comets came from two demons who tried to drink the elixir of the gods. The gods chopped off their heads and the demons assumed serpents bodies. Twice a year the demons would swallow the sun and moon, during solar and lunar eclipses. Others believe that comets are a manifestation of Ganesha, the god of destruction.
Even as late as the 18th and 19th-century people believed that comets were a sign that the world was coming to an end.
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