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By Gary Urton

Above Misminay, the sky is also so divided by means of the alternation of the 2 axes of the Milky manner 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 said to some degree 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 info a cosmology within which the Milky manner is imperative. this is often the 1st learn that gives an outline and research of the astronomical and cosmological process in a modern neighborhood within the Americas. Separate chapters absorb 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 sure 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 by way of demonstrating the indigenous merging of such different types of "precise wisdom" as astronomy, meteorology, agriculture, and the correlation of astronomical and organic cycles inside a unmarried calendar approach. greater than sixty diagrams make clear this Quechua method of astronomy and relate it to extra ordinary ideas of Western astronomy and cosmology.

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