Patterns in the sky : an introduction to ethnoastronomy /

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Author / Creator:Fabian, Stephen Michael.
Imprint:Prospect Heights, Ill. : Waveland Press, c2001.
Description:x, 125 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Language:English
Subject:Ethnoastronomy.
Ethnoastronomy.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/4499732
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ISBN:1577661818
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. 115-119) and index.
Table of Contents:
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • 1. Getting to Know the Sky: The Basics
  • Astronomical Knowledge as Fundamental
  • Astronomical Knowledge as Culturally Integrated
  • Rotation, Revolution, and the Relevance of Latitude
  • Locating Celestial Objects
  • Horizon-based Measurements: Azimuth and Altitude
  • The Observation Notebook
  • Exercises: The Observation Process
  • 2. The Sun
  • Daily Motion
  • The Solar Year: Solstices, Equinoxes, and the Seasons
  • The Tropical Sun: Zenith Passage and Its Complement, the Nadir
  • The Midnight Sun and Night at Midday
  • Solar Eclipses
  • Sociocultural Significance of the Sun
  • Exercises: Solar Observations
  • 3. The Moon
  • Synodical Period
  • Sidereal Period
  • Calendrical Intermeshing of Moon and Sun: Intercalation
  • Lunar Eclipses
  • Crosscultural Significance of the Moon
  • Exercises: Lunar Observations
  • 4. The Stars
  • The Celestial Poles, Celestial Equator, and Ecliptic
  • Major Stars and Constellations
  • Zodiac and Milky Way
  • Crosscultural Significance of Stars
  • Exercises: Stellar Observations
  • 5. The Planets
  • The Five Visible "Wanderers"
  • Venus and Mercury: Attached to the Sun
  • Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn
  • Crosscultural Observations of the Planets
  • Exercises: Inferior/Inner and Superior/Outer Planet Observations
  • 6. Other Celestial Phenomena
  • The Visible Sky
  • Rainbows
  • Solar and Lunar Haloes
  • Other Nighttime Celestial Phenomena
  • Exercise: Observing Other Celestial Phenomena
  • 7. Ethnoastronomical Fieldwork
  • What Is Needed
  • The Methods of Research
  • Recording Your Data
  • Receptivity and Controlling Bias
  • What Is Taboo
  • The Importance of Context
  • The Good Informant and Multiple Informants
  • Ethnoastronomy Beyond Astronomy: Cultural Integration
  • Research Design and Sample Questions
  • 8. Ethnoastronomy in the Context of Human Life
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index