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Skywatchers, Shamans & Kings: Astronomy and the Archaeology of Powerby E. C. Krupp
Synopses & Reviews
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
Krupp's indispensable volume is fascinating, well-illustrated, and covers much territory.-Parabola
Der Blick zum (Sternen-) Himmel war für die Könige, Zauberer und Sterndeuter der alten Zeiten ein wesentliches Instrument zur Regierung ihrer Reiche. Die Sterne stehen im Mittelpunkt der Religionen und Kulturen der Vorzeit, der Schöpfungsmythen und der Kommunikationsformen zwischen Menschen und Göttern. Eine beeindruckende Zusammenstellung alter Legenden und Rituale aus der ganzen Welt, verknüpft mit der modernen Astronomie und Astrophysik. (03/99)
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Fingerprints of Cosmic Power.
The Center of the World.
Plugging In to Cosmic Power.
Centers of Creation.
Agents of Renewal.
Shamans, Chiefs, and Sacred Kings.
Enlightened Self-Interest and Ulterior Motives.
It Pays to Advertise.
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