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HOW THE SHAMAN STOLE THE MOON
HOW THE SHAMAN STOLE THE MOON
Author: William Calvin
ISBN-13: 9780553370829
ISBN-10: 0553370820
Publication Date: 11/1/1992
Edition: Reprint
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Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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Centers around theories about the building of Stonehenge, with other chapters about other ancient sites involving earlier astronomy and other knowledge. Plenty about Native American developments. Book is more anthropological/scientific based rather than mystic mumbo-jumbo. Many interesting diagrams and facts.
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I've been studying calendars for close to 10 years. Mythology has a lot to do with calendars and astronomy, among other things. For example, if a Shaman stole the moon, then one might expect to encounter evidence of an eclipse. In another setting, Germany, an eclipse that took place more than 500 years ago is memorialized in the story of the Hare and the Hedgehog, in which case the Hare raced with the Hedgehog for a prize of a gold Louis d'Or (a famous gold coin, also symbolizes the moon or sun) until he fell down and bled to death (moon turns red during eclipse).

So! From this book, I learned how ancient people could track the moon's setting over time: they simply aligned the moon against a space (think windowsill) and watched as it went from right to left-side maximum, then back to right-side maximum. How many years must have been spent before they noticed the moon was moving! This actually takes place over 19 years, a cycle known to the Greeks and called by it's discoverer's name: the Metonic Cycle.

But why trade for a book? You can read this free online at the author's web site:
http://williamcalvin.com/bk6/index.htm