Celestial Ethiopia: from Ancient to contemporary is a documentation of the role of Ethiopia and its perople in shaping cosmology, mythology and modern astronomy. We solict scientific documents, links to resources and views from experts in the field archeoastronomy, phylosphy and anthropology. We are particularly interested between the relationship between African mythologies and Greco-Roman thoughts.

Friday, November 28, 2008


While surfing the web I found the following in (http://library.thinkquest.org/C0118421/mesopot.html)
It could be that the name Aster in Aster Aweke, has orginated from Atrar meaning Venus..... This may be the case. In the preface of Abushaker it is stated that the ancients believe that solar eclipse occours when the star Akad covers the sun. I propose the following
1) we identify Venus as Astar or Aster,
2) The phenomenon of eclipse as Akad. In this case
2a) Solar Eclipse= ye-TSEHAI AKAD,
2b) Lunar Eclipse= ye-chereka AKAD
Our previous vocabulary: Meteore shower= Enderibi

One of the principal stars in Mesopotamian religion and astronomy was Venus, embodified by the goddess Ishtar to the Babylonians and Assyrians, Astarte to the Phoenicians, Athtar in Arabia, Astar in Abyssinia (now Ethiopia), and Ashtart in Canaan and Israel. As Ishtar of Erech (in Babylonia)she was worshipped in connection with the evening star, while as Ishtar of Akkad (also in Babylonia) she was identified with the morning star. Ishtar was called "the eldest of heaven and earth", and daughter of Anu, the god of heaven. She was the goddess of love and beauty, the "Great Mother", and to the Assyrians, a goddess of hunting and war.

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