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By Roy Willis, Patrick Curry

Mainstream technology has lengthy pushed aside astrology as primitive superstition. but, from day-by-day horoscopes to customized megastar forecasts, astrology nonetheless performs an important function in organizing many people's daily lives. There has, in spite of the fact that, been no convincing clarification of its allure. Astrology, technological know-how and Culture ultimately fills this hole. Willis and Curry take on astrology's wealthy background, its frustrating dating to psychology, and its makes an attempt to end up its personal validity. They argue that astrology has its roots within the Neolithic tradition of Europe and the center East yet, faraway from being a relic of years passed by, it nonetheless demanding situations its opponents' unquestioning trust in traditional sleek technological know-how. Groundbreaking in its reconciliation of astrology's historical traditions and its modern day utilization, this publication impressively unites philosophy, technology, anthropology, and heritage. it's the first exploration of the intimate connection of humankind and the celebrities from the sunrise of pre-history to the current day.

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This state of primal unity was ended when Abuk, the first woman, decided to plant more than the one grain of millet allowed by God, and in doing so struck God with her long-handled hoe. Offended, God withdrew – 33 – Astrology, Science and Culture to his present great distance from earth, and sent a small blue bird called atoc to sever the rope joining heaven and earth. From that time humans knew hunger, disease and death, but also experienced a new freedom to live their own lives (Lienhardt 1961: 36).

37 – –3 – Actors on the Celestial Stage . . the constellations, for which the Salish not only have descriptive terms, but which they deal with in special myths explaining the origin and configuration of each: frozen in characteristic poses, terrestrial people are transported to the sky where they hold their positions, as in a tableau vivant. (Lévi-Strauss, 1981) It is time to consider in more detail the interrelations between the mythic stories told through countless ages by human beings as, the daily chores over, they relaxed around the camp fire and contemplated the grand pageant arrayed before them in the night sky, a pageant of illustrations from the book of ancestral memory.

Origin Stories Numerous Amazonian narratives are concerned with the origin of the stars, and this story from the Bororo people is typical of myth in its interweaving of the ‘binary’ contrasts of sky and earth, domestic and wild, old and young, male and female, language and silence (non-communication): The women of the village went out to harvest maize, but with but a poor result. Then they took with them a little boy who managed to find a whole heap of maize cobs. The women ground the maize on the spot and made cakes for their menfolk who were out hunting.

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