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The Imagined Sky

Cultural Perspectives
Edited by Darrelyn Gunzburg
ISBN: 978-1781791677
Paperback, Hardcover; 286 pages
Dimensions: 16.26 x 2.29 x 23.62 cm

Description

The sky forms fifty percent of our visual world and as such has a voice across cultures. This sky-voice is informed by human images, dreams, and aspirations and thus is complex and contains great diversity. The inherent nature of this sky-voice is transmitted from one generation to another through text, image, oral tradition, physical mapping, and painted description.

This volume, written by some of the most noted scholars in their fields, acknowledges the presence of such a voice, from the sky’s movement mirrored in the archoeastronomy of British prehistory, the apocalyptic myths of comets and meteors, sky cartography reflected in European globes and frescoes, Australian aboriginal sky myths, the issue of disappearing dark skies, contemporary reflections on the sky, and the recognition that sky imagery has persisted in similar forms since its potential roots in the Palaeolithic period.

These eleven essays offer critical engagement in understanding the sky in human imagination and culture and contribute to this new field emerging within the academy.

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