By Jarita Holbrook, R. Thebe Medupe, Johnson O. Urama
Astronomy is the technology of learning the sky utilizing telescopes and light-weight creditors corresponding to photographic plates or CCD detectors. although, humans have consistently studied the sky and proceed to review the sky with no the help of tools this is often the area of cultural astronomy. this is often the 1st scholarly number of articles taken with the cultural astronomy of Africans. It weaves jointly astronomy, anthropology, and Africa. the quantity 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 paintings with celestial imagery, and medical considering printed in neighborhood astronomy traditions together with ethnomathematics and the production of calendars. Authors contain astronomers Kim Malville, Johnson Urama, and Thebe Medupe; archaeologist Felix Chami, and geographer Michael Bonine, and plenty of new authors. As an rising subfield of cultural astronomy, African cultural astronomy researchers are all for education scholars in particular for doing study in Africa. the 1st a part of the amount comprises classes and workouts to assist the start scholar of African cultural astronomy. incorporated are routines in archaeoastronomy, cultural anthropology, and naked-eye astronomy penned via authors who use those on a regular basis use those tools for his or her examine. This choice of classes and study papers offers a beginning for the cultural astronomy researcher attracted to doing paintings in Africa.
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The researcher is compelled to check out the entire study population for such people. In addition, there is also the selection of informants purposively from the research population by a form of cross selection. This should reflect the various groups within the population. It could be through stratified, cluster and systematic random sampling to get a representative sample of the studied group. In ethnographic research, Key Informants guide the terrain of the cultural domain and there should be much interaction between the Key Informants and the researcher.
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However, the Europeans gave a verdict on Africa as the “Dark Continent”. Some also believe that at the time of colonization, Africa has no political sophistication, economic organization and artistic achievement. This is a false image of Africa’s history which has been re-ordered, re-constructed, and re-presented. The lateness of European invasion of Africa is itself an evidence of the degree to which Africans were organized before colonial invasion. Europe has been in commercial contact with Africa for many centuries but could not penetrate until 19th century.