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Astronomies and Cultures
     

Astronomies and Cultures

by Clive L. Ruggles (Editor), Nicholas J. Saunders (Editor)
 
Ten thematic articles illustrating the broad scope, diversity and cultural significance of contemporary studies in archaeoastronomy. Contents: The Study of Cultural Astronomy ( Clive Ruggles and Nicholas Saunders ); The Yao Dian and the Origins of Astronomy in China ( Chen Cheng-Yih and Xi Zezong ); The Riddle of Red Sirius: An Anthropological Perspective (

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Ten thematic articles illustrating the broad scope, diversity and cultural significance of contemporary studies in archaeoastronomy. Contents: The Study of Cultural Astronomy ( Clive Ruggles and Nicholas Saunders ); The Yao Dian and the Origins of Astronomy in China ( Chen Cheng-Yih and Xi Zezong ); The Riddle of Red Sirius: An Anthropological Perspective ( Roger Ceragioli ); Astronomies and Rituals at the Dawn of the Middle Ages ( Stephen McCluskey ); Folk Astronomy in the Service of Religion: The Case of Islam ( David King ); Cosmos and Kings at Vijayanagara ( John McKim Malville and John Fritz ); Medicine Wheel Astronomy ( David Vogt ); Venus-Regulated Warfare and Ritual Sacrifice in Mesoamerica ( John Carlson ); Astronomical Knowledge, Calendrics, and Sacred Geography in Ancient Mesoamerica ( Johanna Broda ); The Pleiades in Comparative Perspective: The Waiwai Shirkoimo and the Shipibo Huishmabo ( Peter G. Roe ).

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Anthony F. Aveni
Astronomies and Cultures is a unique book, combining a fresh and intellectually stimulating approach to a discipline undergoing rapid change. Its specially commissioned and carefully written review papers are based on original research by acknowledged specialists, and provide an interpretative framework of wider cultural significance than any previous publication in this subject.”
Booknews
Archaeoastronomy has broadened from its original concern with tracing the roots of modern astronomy to how ancient peoples interacted with celestial phenomena. The ten papers examine early astronomy in China, Egypt, India, Mesoamerica, and other places. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870813191
Publisher:
Ocarina Books
Publication date:
12/01/1993
Pages:
344

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