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By Gary Urton

ISBN-10: 029270349X

ISBN-13: 9780292703490

ISBN-10: 0292704046

ISBN-13: 9780292704046

Above Misminay, the sky is also so divided by means 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 element inside of one of many quarters of the earth is expounded to some degree in the corresponding celestial sector. The transition among the earth and the sky happens on the horizon, the place sacred mountains are with regards to topographic and celestial features.

Based on fieldwork in Misminay, Peru, Gary Urton information a cosmology during which the Milky method is valuable. this can be the 1st research that gives an outline and research of the astronomical and cosmological procedure in a latest group within the Americas. Separate chapters take in the sunlight, the moon, meteorological phenomena, the celebrities, and the planets. Star-to-star constellations, the "animal" dark-cloud constellations that reduce in the course of the Milky manner, and likely twilight- and midnight-zenith stars are analyzed when it comes to their spatial and temporal integration inside of 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 of a unmarried calendar approach. greater than sixty diagrams make clear this Quechua method of astronomy and relate it to extra normal ideas of Western astronomy and cosmology.

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