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    DescriptionThis text describes how ancient kings and shamans all over the world used their special knowledge of the night sky to rule their kingdoms and empires. It explains that this celestial knowledge was central to the religions and myths of most ancient cultures, such as their beliefs about how the world was created; the celestial powers that governed nature (like the change of seasons); man's place in the cosmos; and how man could communicate with gods that ruled planets and stars. The rituals each culture developed for worshipping their celestial powers are described and how these rituals led to the field of modern astronomy is fully explained.


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    Title
    Skywatchers, Shamans and Kings
    Subtitle
    Astronomy and the Archaeology of Power
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) E. C. Krupp
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 364
    Width: 191 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 658 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780471329756
    ISBN 10: 0471329754
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: JFC, HBLA, WNX
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26480
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: SCI004000
    DC21: 520.9
    DC22: 520.93
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHB, JBCC, NHC, WNX, QRS
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    150 photographs, illustrations and drawings
    Publisher
    Turner Publishing Company
    Imprint name
    John Wiley & Sons Inc
    Publication date
    12 March 1999
    Author Information
    E. C. KRUPP, Ph.D., is an astronomer and the director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. The award-winning author of In Search of Ancient Astronomies, Echoes of the Ancient Skies and Beyond the Blue Horizon, Dr. Krupp writes the popular ""Rambling Through the Night Skies"" column for Sky & Telescope magazine. He lives in Los Angeles.
    Review quote
    ""Krupp's indispensable volume is fascinating, well-illustrated, and covers much territory. . . . His keen understanding of myth and archetypal themes in popular culture shines through in these pages.""-Parabola ""It requires rare skill to impart so much information in so vivid a manner.""-Modern Astronomer Krupp's indispensable volume is fascinating, well-illustrated, and covers much territory. . . . His keen understanding of myth and archetypal themes in popular culture shines through in these pages.-Parabola ""It requires rare skill to impart so much information in so vivid a manner.""-Modern Astronomer
    Review text
    US astronomer Krupp has visited hundreds of ancient sites where our ancestors studied (or worshipped) the heavens. A more solid book than some of his earlier illustrated contributions, this is a fascinating insight into what the author calls 'the archaeology of power'. How far were these observatories the tools of the mortal - kings and priests - in establishing and retaining power on Earth by mirroring the power of the heavens? (Kirkus UK)
    Back cover copy
    Discover the celestial myths and cosmic rituals of ancient priests and kings . . . Drawing on intimate knowledge of the more than 1,300 ancient sites he has visited, E. C. Krupp, acclaimed writer and preeminent researcher, takes you to the world's essential sacred places and celestial shrines. Join him on a rich narrative journey to see where the rulers of old communed with the gods of the sky. ""Highly recommended to everyone interested in the culture of astronomy and those peoples who practiced it in their own ways.""-Sky & Telescope ""A lively account of the ways in which our ancestors conceived of and used the heavens.""-New Scientist ""There can be no doubt that this imaginative and readable work by a widely read and widely traveled author will strike a chord in the minds of a great many modern readers.""-Isis ""The fact that the book is written by an expert in his field comes through on every page, as does his enthusiasm for the subject.""-Astronomy Now ""Krupp's indispensable volume is fascinating, well-illustrated, and covers much territory.""-Parabola
    Table of contents
    Fingerprints of Cosmic Power. The Center of the World. Plugging In to Cosmic Power. Centers of Creation. Mother Earth. Agents of Renewal. Shamans, Chiefs, and Sacred Kings. Celestial Empires. Enlightened Self-Interest and Ulterior Motives. It Pays to Advertise. Upward Mobility. Bibliography. Illustration Credits. Index.