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At the Crossroads of the Earth and the Sky: An Andean Cosmology (Latin American Monographs) Hardcover – December 1, 1981
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About the Author
A recipient of both MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, Gary Urton is the Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian Studies and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. He is the author of numerous books and edited volumes on Andean/Quechua cultures and Inka civilization, including Signs of the Inka Khipu: Binary Coding in the Andean Knotted-String Records. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Urton describes the locals' interpretation of the Southern Cross and the Milky Way in a manner that is both engaging and scientific. He also collected data on the Quechua interpretation of the sun and the moon and their behaviors.
Misminay is an agricultural community that relies on astronomy and cosmology for the planting and harvesting calendar. For the people of this community, proper interpretation and anticipation of the celestial bodies are serious matters that affect the success of crops and the survival of the community.
Urton's book effectively captures both the cosmology and the humanity of the people of Misminay.