New PDF release: Astronomy Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western

By E. C. Krupp (auth.), Helaine Selin, Sun Xiaochun (eds.)

ISBN-10: 9401058202

ISBN-13: 9789401058209

ISBN-10: 9401141797

ISBN-13: 9789401141796

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

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One way or another, almost every celestial object participates in the circuit of ordered change. The sun rises and sets each day, a birth and death that alternately expose the world to light and blanket it with darkness. The moon is reborn as a new crescent from death by invisiblity. Its changing phases are read as growth, maturity, age, decline, and another monthly death before its next incarnation. Stars die at daybreak when the sun is reborn and are resurrected by the night when the sun slips into its grave on the western horizon.

2-63. Hulley, Charles E. Dreamtime Moon: Aboriginal Myths of the Moon. Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia: Reed Books, 1996. Jablow, Alta, and Withers, Carl. The Man in the Moon - Sky Tales from Many Lands. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1969. Jobes, Gertrude, and Jobes, James. Outer Space: Myths, Name Meanings, Calendars - from the Emergence of History to the Present Day. New York: The Scarecrow Press, 1964. Johnson, Dianne. Night Skies of Aboriginal Australia: A Noctuary. Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney, 1998.

Meteors, comets, and exploding stars unexpectedly arrive, stick around for a moment or for months, and then disappear. Over millennia, constellations are displaced by precession from their accustomed seasons in a slow, cyclical process that seems to keep the entire cosmos eternally transformed. If these celestial objects are characters in a heavenly pageant and cosmic agents of transformation, the stage where they perform is delineated by the architecture of the sky. This domain of the action is also a hallmark of celestial myth.

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