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By Helaine Selin, Sun Xiaochun

Astronomy throughout Cultures: A heritage of Non-Western Astronomy contains 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 booklet comprises essays on Sky stories and Why We inform Them and Astronomy and Prehistory, and Astronomy and Astrology. The essays tackle the connections among technological know-how and tradition and relate astronomical practices to the cultures which produced them. each one essay is easily illustrated and comprises an large bibliography. as the geographic diversity is international, the booklet fills a spot in either the historical past of technological know-how and in cultural stories. it may discover a position at the bookshelves of complicated undergraduate scholars, graduate scholars, and students, in addition to in libraries serving these teams.

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Scorpius rises heliacaUy in winter just days after Orion sets with the dawn. From this point on, Orion owns less and less of the night. His death by arachnid may correspond to his conjunction with the sun and complete absence from the sky in June, when Scorpius is in command of the entire night. DANCING TILL DAWN Neither Orion nor Scorpius has a significant dimension in myth beyond tales that reflect their astronomical and seasonal character. The same could be said for the Pleiades, a distinctive cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus, the Bull.

In a sense, the strategy and conclusions of Hamlet's Mill reduce a great deal of myth - not just celestial myth - to a metaphorical description of precession. Although some have taken this precessional interpretation of celestial myth seriously, advocates for Hamlet's Mill have not dealt with the book in detail and have not faced directly the natural consequences of its assertions. Historical evidence, in any case, contradicts the main argument, and Hamlet's Mill, relying on material of mixed value and reliability, fails to make its case.

Greek myths of Orion and Scorpius may also have been packed with seasonal meaning. Scorpius rises heliacaUy in winter just days after Orion sets with the dawn. From this point on, Orion owns less and less of the night. His death by arachnid may correspond to his conjunction with the sun and complete absence from the sky in June, when Scorpius is in command of the entire night. DANCING TILL DAWN Neither Orion nor Scorpius has a significant dimension in myth beyond tales that reflect their astronomical and seasonal character.

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