Exploring the History of Southeast Asian Astronomy: A Review of Current Projects and Future Prospects and Possibilities

Exploring the History of Southeast Asian Astronomy: A Review of Current Projects and Future Prospects and Possibilities

Explores the history of Southeast Asian astronomy, containing 24 different research papers by members of the history and heritage working group of the Southeast Asian astronomy network. Studies eclipses, calendars, time-keeping, and tropical astronomy in Southeast Asian countries. Describes solar and lunar eclipse records in Vietnam, King Rama IV as the father of Thai science, and time signals for mariners in Southeast Asia. Investigates archaeoastronomy, astronomical aspects and knowledge, and ethnoastronomy. Explores astronomical aspects of the Prambanan temple in central Java, Indonesia, folk astronomy of the Northern West coast of Peninsula Malaysia, star patterns in Mandar navigation, and ethnoastronomy in Madura, Indonesia. Narrates possible influences of India on Southeast Asian astronomy, and the evolution of local Southeast Asian astronomy and the influence of China, India, the Islamic world and the West.


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