Thais injured by bullets during eclipse
Bangkok - At least four Thais were wounded by bullets believed to have been fired into the air by superstitious people to scare off the demon Rahu during a lunar eclipse, news reports said on Monday.
The full eclipse of the moon on Saturday night brought thousands of people onto the streets of Bangkok and throughout the country with many people banging drums or kitchen pots, lighting firecrackers or firing guns to scare off Rahu.
According to Hindu-Buddhist tradition, Rahu is a master of darkness, chaos and deception and eats the sun or moon during eclipses and must be frightened away by loud noises to bring back the heavenly orbs.
A 41-year-old man was hit in the leg by a stray bullet while observing the eclipse at work at a hotel in Chon Buri, 80km south-east of Bangkok, the Bangkok Post reported.
In Nakhon Nayok, 100km east of the capital, a 20-year-old university student was injured when a stray bullet ripped through the roof of her house.
In the southern town of Hat Yai, two women, 49 and 47, were wounded by stray bullets in front of their home.