PEOPLE AND THE SKY
Our Ancestors and the Cosmos

ANTHONY AVENI
252pp 65 ILLUS (9 COLOUR) 2008 LIST PRICE: £18.95 N073

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What contacts between how we live and what happens in the sky have disappeared from human concern? Did our ancestors have an understanding of the cosmos that we ourselves lack? Aveni here addresses these questions, exploring the history of mankind's intimate relationship with the sky and how the lives of our ancestors were cosmically grounded. He reveals how hunter-gatherers depended on signals in the sky for survival, how Polynesian navigators charted across a seemingly limitless sea by naked-eye star bearings, how society in cultures as diverse as the Pawnee and the Inca was mirrored in celestial imagery, and how the connection between Chinese and Aztec cities and the constellations expressed political authority