A solar eclipse is considered a bad omen in many cultures, even today. In Hinduism, Rahu was a demon that was beheaded. His head became the planet Rahu, who is enemies with the sun. When he swallows the sun we see an eclipse, but the sun emerges from his neck because he has no body, and so the eclipse passes. Rahu always seems to be near the moon, but is otherwise an invisible planet.
Never look at the sun directly or you will permanently damage your eyes.
This link explains how to make your very own pinhole projector for viewing the solar eclipse.