Astronomy Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western by Helaine Selin, Sun Xiaochun

dynastic renewal We are, in these myths, making sense of what we see in the sky and using the sky to make sense of the rest of the world.

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This is the fundamental theme of celestial mythology (Krupp, 1998). Traditional, nomadic peoples whose social scale is small do not concentrate power in the same way as cultures that are more settled on the land. For the former, the supernatural power attributed to nature is dispersed through the landscape and accessed at places regarded as particularly endowed with it. People more settled on the land, however, more often transfer the sky's divinity, order, and power to the earth at a place regarded as the center of the world or symbolically equated with it.

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