Saturday, October 2, 2010

More on Australian Aboriginal Astronomical Symbolism


Traditional Aboriginal Australian cultures include a significant astronomical component, perpetuated through oral tradition and ceremony. This knowledge has practical navigational and calendrical functions, and sometimes extends to a deep understanding of the motion of objects in the sky. Here we explore whether this astronomical tradition is reflected in the rock art of Aboriginal Australians. We find several plausible examples of depictions of astronomical figures and symbols, and also evidence that astronomical observations were used to set out stone arrangements. However, we recognise that the case is not yet strong enough to make an unequivocal statement, and describe our plans for further research.

"Astronomical Symbolism in Australian Aboriginal Rock Art" by Ray P. Norris and Duane W. Hamacher

Aboriginal oral traditions and "cosmic impacts and meteorite falls"--mythology

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