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African Cultural Astronomy: Current Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy research in Africa / Edition 1

African Cultural Astronomy: Current Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy research in Africa / Edition 1


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789048176878
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 11/23/2010
Series: Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings
Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Glossary of Terms Introduction by Keith Snedegar The History of African Cultural Astronomy Research by Jarita Holbrook New Section: The Primer African Geography African History African Literature – Damian Opata African Folklore – African Arts and Material Culture Archaeoastronomy – Kim Malville [The alignment of buildings and structures to celestial bodies] Astronomy – [Naked – Eye Astronomy] Celestial Mechanics – Johnson Urama – [ Solar system motions including the Sun, moon, and planets apparent motions] Cultural Anthropology Methods - New Section: Current Research The Borana and Mursi Calendars – Clive Ruggles, University of Leicester, United Kingdom Namoratunga: Archaeoastronomical Site – Laurance Doyle, the SETI Institute, USA (This paper uses some of the findings from Ruggles’ paper to draw conclusions about the relationship between local calendars and this archaeological site.) The Astronomy of Nabta Playa – Kim Malville, University of Colorado (This paper is a report on astronomy alignments at archaeological sites.) Evidence for Ancient African Beliefs in Celestial Bodies– Felix Chami, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Looks at archaeological evidence – Swahili people who are Muslim – Islamic theme.) The Qibla and Urban Morphology: Alignments in Muslim North Africa – Michael Bonine, University of Arizona (This paper looks at astronomical alignments of mosques – the Islamic theme.) The Timbuktu Science Project – Thebe Medupe, University of Cape Coast, South Africa (This paper focuses on the Islamic scientific writings in theTimbuktu collections.) Astronomy and Culture of Nigeria – Johnson Urama, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Begins the Nigerian theme.) The Relationship between Human Destiny and the Cosmic Forces: A Study of the Igbo World View – Barth Chukwesi, University of Nigeria, Nsukka Astronomy and Divination among the Igbo of Nigeria – Damian Opata, University of Nigeria, Nsukka The Making of Cosmic Africa– Anne Rogers, Independent Filmmaker, Cape Town, South Africa (This film covered archaeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy sites all over Africa.). Index Bios of Authors

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