n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Rejoinder to Snedegar, K., 2014. Venus Rising : Cultural Astronomy in Southern Africa, MNASSA, 73 (9/10), pp. 251-3
|Article Title||Rejoinder to Snedegar, K., 2014. Venus Rising : Cultural Astronomy in Southern Africa, MNASSA, 73 (9/10), pp. 251-3|
|© Publisher:||Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA)|
|Journal||MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Dec 2014|
|Pages||280 - 282|
I thank the reviewer of my e-book (Venus Rising: South African Astronomical Beliefs, Customs and Observations) for his notes published in the October 2014 issue of the journal. I believe that certain points need to be explored in this regard. The main thrust of the reviewer's comments is that the book, consisting of 386 pages, lacks a detailed analysis of the material presented therein. It was made clear in the Preface of Venus Rising that further research and analysis of the topic is essential. It is evident that the book functions as a synthesis of the available material. The book is thus (as stated in the Preface) a beginning but not an end. It is interesting to note that not much has been written on the subject in recent years, where most of the literature is of considerable antiquity. The present author is satisfied that he has achieved his primary objective, which was to bring a very disperse literature together in one volume (notwithstanding omissions) for further work by interested parties over time. There is, in essence, only so much that can be achieved in any volume starting from a very limited base and covering a broad field. It follows that a concise analysis of all the material in the book would be a "step too far" and would have meant a book of impossible length and complexity. The reviewer's requirement that this be done in one volume is frankly unrealistic.
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