New PDF release: At the Crossroads of the Earth and the Sky: An Andean

By Gary Urton

Above Misminay, the sky is also so divided by way of the alternation of the 2 axes of the Milky means passing during the zenith. This mirror-image quadri-partition of terrestrial and celestial spheres is such aspect inside of one of many quarters of the earth is expounded to some extent in the corresponding celestial region. The transition among the earth and the sky happens on the horizon, the place sacred mountains are on the topic of topographic and celestial features.

Based on fieldwork in Misminay, Peru, Gary Urton information a cosmology within which the Milky means is crucial. this can be the 1st learn that gives an outline and research of the astronomical and cosmological process in a latest group within the Americas. Separate chapters soak up the solar, the moon, meteorological phenomena, the celebs, and the planets. Star-to-star constellations, the "animal" dark-cloud constellations that reduce throughout the Milky approach, and likely twilight- and midnight-zenith stars are analyzed when it comes to their spatial and temporal integration inside an indigenous cosmological framework.

Urton breaks new flooring through demonstrating the indigenous merging of such kinds of "precise wisdom" as astronomy, meteorology, agriculture, and the correlation of astronomical and organic cycles inside a unmarried calendar method. greater than sixty diagrams make clear this Quechua procedure of astronomy and relate it to extra everyday rules of Western astronomy and cosmology.

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