Quedu was, in Hindu mythology, the son of Kassiaba and Siugfriede. He and his brother Rahu were redoubtable giants and wicked daemmns. They tried to prevent the gods from preparing the beverage of immortality, the amrita. The gods having succeeded in their enterprise, by causing the Mandar Mountain to rotate in the middle of the milk sea, the two giants robbed the vessel which contained the amrita. The sun and moon had been witnesses to the robbery: they denounced it to Vishnu, who cut off the heads of the giants at the very moment when they carried the immortalizing liquid to their lips. A drop of the amrita had already made the two heads immortal; they flew towards the sky, and there became planets. They are only visible at the time of eclipses. They are fierce enemies of the sun and moon, which they pursue and try to swallow.

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