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By Jarita Holbrook, R. Thebe Medupe, Johnson O. Urama

This is often the 1st scholarly number of articles keen on the cultural astronomy of the African continent. It weaves jointly astronomy, anthropology, and Africa and it contains African myths and legends in regards to the sky, alignments to celestial our bodies discovered at archaeological websites and at locations of worship, rock artwork with celestial imagery, and medical pondering published in neighborhood astronomy traditions together with ethnomathematics and the production of calendars.

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Indeed, the relationship between soil and vegetation is so close that some of the major soil groups, such as rain forest soils and desert soils, are named after the corresponding vegetation zones. Thus the close relationship between climate, vegetation and soil is best confirmed by comparing the generalized soil map of tropical Africa and vegetation. Impliedly, therefore, by this observed relationship, climate, especially the climatic element of rainfall is also the most important factor as far as agriculture is concerned in tropical Africa.

There have been opinions expressed by some people that it is quite difficult for an outsider to totally get enmeshed in another persons’ culture. There are various constraints including the language and symbolic expressive modes of communications which an outsider may not properly decode. At times, the researcher may be deceived by the cultural members into having false interpretations of some cultural actions. Observations There is observation which you may not be a participant. You may not participate directly in the people’s cultural activities, rather, you can be an observer.

S. M. (1980): Geographies: a Certificate Series. AFRICA. Longman Group Limited, London. The Astronomical Gnomon A Series of Interactive Experiments in Archaeoastronomy J. McKim Malville The gnomon is the part of a sundial that casts the shadow, and it is probably also the world’s oldest astronomical instrument. As basic as a pole stuck in sand, the gnomon may have been used to measure the passage of time by nomadic cultures of the Sahara for millennia. In the much later high cultures of the Nile Valley, the gnomon could have been used to determine the direction to true north for pyramids, palaces, and temples.

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