I have only experienced a total eclipse visually once and it was a long time ago. I was in Maine, out in the open countryside. There were cows in a distant field and long before the light changed, they began restlessly moving around and moo-ing. Gradually, the sky started changing color as the moon began its journey across the face of the sun. It was the eeriest of sensations, very dream like and very mind altering. I can only imagine back in the times of early human history what that experience would have engendered. . . .. profound awe and fear in some combination I am guessing. This would have long preceded scientific understanding of natural events so the spiritual sensitivities of the people would have taken up the slack. They would have felt at the mercy of forces much larger than themselves, but they also would have been able to feel they were interwoven as part of such a profound event.
Now, of course, we are full of knowledge and facts. Eclipses no longer terrify us but they also no longer put us into a state of awe, unless . . . you do a little time travel and watch one as early man did.
Even in this century, there are some similar to stone age tribes that still live on this planet. Some of them may potentially have been in the path of the eclipse today. I'm sitting here imagining their reactions, can almost feel their presence, and for some reason, it is making my heart feel very warm. It's that human oneness thing kicking in. What can you say. We are just so connected.