Belarusian ethnoastronomy

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Published on April 27, 2014

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Belarusian ethnoastronomy: short introduction with Armenian, Romanian, Latvian examples.
UNESCO clubs
"Living Heritage" International Conference. 27, April, Minsk, 2014

Belarusian Ethnoastronomy Tsimafei Avilin Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs The Center for Belarusian Culture, Language and Literature Research, The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus «Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs» «Living Heritage» conference: Minsk, 2014

What is ethnoastronomy? «Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs», «Living Heritage» conference, Minsk, 2014 Ethnoastronomy or Folk Astronomy - the anthropological study of skywatching in contemporary societies. Simply ?!: folk star names, constellations and related folk tales the Moon and the Sun folk- beliefs meteor folk-beliefs folk determining time by the starry objects etc…

«Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs», «Living Heritage» conference, Minsk, 2014 Simply ?!: time determining, calendar orientation in space folklore, mythology ethnography, anthropology, ethnogenesis etc… Stars knowledge of our ancestors are preserved in wide range of cultural levels. Why it was important to know stars?

Hey! Where are examples??? «Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs», «Living Heritage» conference, Minsk, 2014

The Big Dipper «Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs», «Living Heritage» conference, Minsk, 2014 Belarusian: Voz (the Cart), Kon’ i Kaliosy (The Horse and Wheels), Pavozachka Aliashova (The cart of Elias) Romanian: Carul Mare (the Great Chariot) - the four stars are Roatele Carului (the Chariot Wheels), and the remaining three are Proţapul (the Shaft). Latvian: Lielie Greizie Rati (the Crooked Big Cart) Armenian: Մեծ Արջ (The Big Bear), sayl  – ‘seven godmothers where turned by the God into seven stars in the sky’

The Pleiades «Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs», «Living Heritage» conference, Minsk, 2014 Belarusian: Sitechko (The Sieve), Valosny (lit. ‘hair’), Velisazar, Kurki (The Hens) Romanian: Cloșca cu Pui (the Hatching Hen with Her Chicks), or Găina (the Hen) Latvian: Sietiņš (The Sieve) Armenian: Բազումք (‘many’), boyl k‑ ‘ (from boyl – ‘group’)

The Milky Way «Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs», «Living Heritage» conference, Minsk, 2014 Belarusian: Gusiny shliah (The Goose Way), Ptushyny shliah (The Birds Way), Shliah u Ierusalim (The Way to Jerusalem) Romanian: Calea lui Traian (Trajan’s Way), or Drumul Robilor (the Slaves’ Road), the way used by Trajan for his journey to Dacia, and for transporting the Dacian prisoners back to Rome Latvian: Putnu Ceļš (The Birds' Path) Armenian: Aste k‘ en oroc‘ xa nakeal čanaparhk‘ lininɫ ṙ gnac‘ic‘, or anuaneal koč‘i[n] yardgoɫ : “There are piles of stars that stretch as a road and is called yardgo ” -ɫ yardago s “the trace of gods”.ɫ ‑

Belarusian Meteor Beliefs «Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs», «Living Heritage» conference, Minsk, 2014 The falling star is considered to be a soul of a man who has just born or dead. Sometimes falling star indicates : Star falls – make your wish  If the star flew fast, the girl will give birth easily, without any troubles If the star flares — that is for a good harvest, but if the star falls and a stone falls to the earth — that is for a bad harvest If the star fell straight, the man was kind, honest, fair etc…

our Differences make our Similarities «Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs», «Living Heritage» conference, Minsk, 2014

our Differences make our Similarities «Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs», «Living Heritage» conference, Minsk, 2014

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