By Jarita C. Holbrook (auth.), Jarita C. Holbrook, Johnson O. Urama, R. Thebe Medupe (eds.)
Astronomy is the technological know-how of learning the sky utilizing telescopes and lightweight creditors akin to photographic plates or CCD detectors. even though, humans have continually studied the sky and proceed to check the sky with out assistance from tools this is often the area of cultural astronomy. this can be the 1st scholarly number of articles excited by the cultural astronomy of Africans. It weaves jointly astronomy, anthropology, and Africa. the amount comprises African myths and legends concerning the sky, alignments to celestial our bodies chanced on at archaeological websites and at areas of worship, rock paintings with celestial imagery, and clinical considering printed in neighborhood astronomy traditions together with ethnomathematics and the production of calendars. Authors comprise astronomers Kim Malville, Johnson Urama, and Thebe Medupe; archaeologist Felix Chami, and geographer Michael Bonine, and plenty of new authors. As an rising subfield of cultural astronomy, African cultural astronomy researchers are considering education scholars particularly for doing examine in Africa. the 1st a part of the amount comprises classes and routines to assist the start scholar of African cultural astronomy. incorporated are routines in archaeoastronomy, cultural anthropology, and naked-eye astronomy penned by way of authors who use those usually use those tools for his or her learn. This choice of classes and study papers offers a beginning for the cultural astronomy researcher attracted to doing paintings in Africa.
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For example, there could be hypothetical cases to know if informants are able to recognize certain illness signs and symptoms afflicting their children. It could also be a scenario of presenting confederate hypothetical cases to Drug Stores or Pharmacists to know if they can 26 B. Chukwuezi proffer treatment regime for a particular illness being studied. This form of method was used in a focused Ethnographic Study I did for UNICEF in order to ascertain how drug vendors responded to treatment of ARI in Owerrri and Kano states of Nigeria, as mentioned earlier.
It stretches for a distance of about 8000 km north to south, from Bizerte in Tunis down to Cape Agulhas in South Africa along longitude 20◦ E. It is almost equal distance across, stretching for a distance of about 7000 km along latitude 10◦ N, from its most westerly point – Cape Verde (17◦ W) in Darkar – to the most easterly point – Cape Ras Hafun (near Cape Guardafui) which lies at about 511/2◦ E (see Fig. 1). From the foregoing, it is obvious that the equator passes almost through the middle of the continent and in this respect, Africa is unique amongst the great land masses of the world.