Astronomy Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western by Helaine Selin, Sun Xiaochun

By Helaine Selin, Sun Xiaochun

Astronomy throughout Cultures: A historical past of Non-Western Astronomy includes essays facing the astronomical wisdom and ideology of cultures outdoors the us and Europe. as well as articles surveying Islamic, chinese language, local American, Aboriginal Australian, Polynesian, Egyptian and Tibetan astronomy, between others, the ebook contains essays on Sky stories and Why We inform Them and Astronomy and Prehistory, and Astronomy and Astrology. The essays tackle the connections among technology and tradition and relate astronomical practices to the cultures which produced them. each one essay is easily illustrated and comprises an huge bibliography. as the geographic variety is international, the publication fills a spot in either the historical past of technology and in cultural reviews. it may discover a position at the bookshelves of complex undergraduate scholars, graduate scholars, and students, in addition to in libraries serving these teams.

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Wagons move from place to place, and the nightly movement of the Big Dipper, like its shape, encouraged people to see a vehicle in its stars. In making a moving wagon out of the Big Dipper's stars, people told a celestial mini-myth that described the decorum of the heavens. This diurnal rotation is the first fundamental motion of the sky, and it establishes the primary ordering principle of the traditional cosmos. The nightly arc traveled by the celestial Wagon is centered on the north celestial pole, the stationary hub of the sky around which everything else turns.

In Callimachus - Hymns and Epigrams, Lycophron, Aratus. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Loeb Classical Library, Harvard University Press, 1921, pp. 380-473. Barnard, Mary. The Mythmakers. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1966. Belting, Natalia. The Moon Is a Crystal Ball- Unfamiliar Legends of the Stars. Indianapolis: BobbsMerrill, 1952. Blake, John F. Astronomical Myths. London: Macmillan, 1877. Brueton, Diana. Many Moons. New York: Prentice Hall, 1991. Burrows, E. ' In Analecta Orientalia 12 Miscellanea Orientalia.

W. The New Patterns in the Sky - Myths and Legends of the Stars. Blacksburg, Virginia: McDonald & Woodward, 1988. Stryer, Andrea Stenn. The Celestial River: Creation Tales of the Milky Way. Little Rock, Arkansas: August House, 1998. Tylor, Edward B. ). New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1920. Tylor, Edward B. Researches in the Early History of Mankind and the Development of Civilization. London: John Murray, 1878. Verdet, Jean-Pierre. The Sky: Mystery, Magic, and Myth. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1992.

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