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Star Stories

Constellations and People

Anthony Aveni



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Yale University
05 November 2019
General & world history; Folklore, myths & legends; Mathematics & Sciences; Astronomy, space & time; Popular astronomy & space
Follow an epic animal race, a quest for a disembodied hand, and an emu egg hunt in constellation stories from diverse cultures We can see love, betrayal, and friendship in the heavens, if we know where to look. A world expert on cultural understandings of cosmology, Anthony Aveni provides an unconventional atlas of the night sky, introducing readers to tales beloved for generations. The constellations included are not only your typical Greek and Roman myths, but star patterns conceived by a host of cultures, non???

Western and indigenous, ancient and contemporary.

The sky has long served as a template for telling stories about the meaning of life. People have looked for likenesses between the domains of heaven and earth to help marry the unfamiliar above to the quotidian below. Perfect reading for all sky watchers and storytellers, this book is an essential complement to Western mythologies, showing how the confluence of the natural world and culture of heavenly observers can produce a variety of tales about the shapes in the sky.

By:   Anthony Aveni
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 151mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   364g
ISBN:   9780300241280
ISBN 10:   0300241283
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   05 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Anthony Aveni is Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy, Anthropology, and Native American Studies Emeritus at Colgate University. He helped to develop the fields of archaeoastronomy and cultural astronomy.

Reviews for Star Stories: Constellations and People

In this book of stories, Aveni introduces readers to the diversity of constellation mythologies. An entirely original, vividly written, and totally absorbing book by a world expert. -Simon Mitton, University of Cambridge

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