African Cultural Astronomy by Jarita Holbrook, R. Thebe Medupe, Johnson O. Urama

By Jarita Holbrook, R. Thebe Medupe, Johnson O. Urama

Astronomy is the technology of learning the sky utilizing telescopes and light-weight creditors corresponding to photographic plates or CCD detectors. notwithstanding, humans have continually studied the sky and proceed to check the sky with no assistance from tools this is often the area of cultural astronomy. this is often the 1st scholarly number of articles serious about the cultural astronomy of Africans. It weaves jointly astronomy, anthropology, and Africa. the quantity contains African myths and legends in regards to the sky, alignments to celestial our bodies chanced on at archaeological websites and at areas of worship, rock artwork with celestial imagery, and clinical pondering printed in neighborhood astronomy traditions together with ethnomathematics and the construction of calendars. Authors contain astronomers Kim Malville, Johnson Urama, and Thebe Medupe; archaeologist Felix Chami, and geographer Michael Bonine, and lots of new authors. As an rising subfield of cultural astronomy, African cultural astronomy researchers are concerned with education scholars particularly for doing learn in Africa. the 1st a part of the quantity comprises classes and routines to assist the start pupil of African cultural astronomy. integrated are workouts in archaeoastronomy, cultural anthropology, and naked-eye astronomy penned by means of authors who use those frequently use those tools for his or her learn. This selection of classes and study papers presents a starting place for the cultural astronomy researcher attracted to doing paintings in Africa.

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Descriptive answers could be used in interpreting final results. Weller and Romney (1990: 22–23) gave example of how simple pile sort could be represented graphically. Assuming we collected data on similarity of seven items and respondents put items A, B, C together in 1 pile; D and E in a pile and left F and G by themselves – we can create a table to tabulate similarity among the items. Cultural astronomy could use pile sorts to known similarities or relatedness among the various cosmic representations and activities within the community when properly coordinated.

A man cannot fit properly in an exclusive women group neither can a woman fit into exclusive male secret cult organizations. At times some researchers could go to extra lengths and Nwanunobi (2002) pointed out a white researcher who painted himself black so as to research on a black group in the United States in the course of participant observation research. There have been opinions expressed by some people that it is quite difficult for an outsider to totally get enmeshed in another persons’ culture.

It then passes through Ethiopia and eventually reaches lake Malawi. In this part of its course, the African rift valley carries lake Abaya (Ethiopia), Lake Turkana and other lakes as well as rivers. From Lake Malawi a westerly branch runs northwards to give the whole formation a Y-shape. The latter branch carries lakes Mobutu, Idi Amin Dada and Tanganyika. The exact course of the Rift valley is best followed by its string of lakes. In Kenya and neighboring states – the faulting has been accompanied by volcanism.

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