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The story is about anthropologists studying a tribe. When the tribe is educated about the solar eclipse and how it works, the sun does not reappear because they did not beat their drums. Title? Author? Possibly Bradbury.

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    Please add as much detail as possible to help to identify the story: character names, locations, plot details, etc. – TimSparrow Aug 9 '17 at 15:33
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    Sorry, Tim- that's really all there is to the story as I remember it. The tribe has a ritual of beating drums to keep the dragon from swallowing the sun. When they fail to perform the ritual, having been enlightened by the scientists on how a solar eclipse works, we are left waiting while the minutes pass and the sun does not reappear. – Jan Kent Aug 9 '17 at 15:45

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