- Series: Latin American Monographs
- Hardcover: 268 pages
- Publisher: University of Texas Press; 1st edition (December 1, 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 029270349X
- ISBN-13: 978-0292703490
- Package Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,052,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.