n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Venus rising : cultural astronomy in southern Africa : comment and review




As someone who has long held an academic interest in the astronomical traditions of Southern African peoples, I have only begun to feel in the last few months that the topic was receiving the attention it deserves. In July the Tenth Oxford Conference on Archaeoastronomy brought to Cape Town international scholars of the relationship between astronomy and culture. Several conference sessions were dedicated to indigenous African knowledge of the sky. Dr Jarita Holbrook of the University of the Western Cape merits special praise for organising the fruitful scientific gathering. Her concerted efforts have done much to open new vistas in what is still an emerging field. For further particulars, see the conference website culturalastronomy.saao.ac.za and YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/astroholbrook.


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