essay

New notes on the astronomical ideas of the Somalis

somalia, scritti vari editi ed inediti1 • Published In 1957 • Pages: HRAF Ms: 14 [original: 219-227 ]

By: Cerulli, Enrico.

Abstract
This is a brief article concerned with the Somali solar year. The author describes the cultural beliefs associated with the Somali annual time cycle as well as a detailed description of two methods used by the Migiurtini Somali to calculate their solar year. Attention is paid to computations of time based on observation of celestial bodies. He analyses the seasonal and astrological terminology of several Somali groups, noting the affinity and variations between them.
Subjects
Ordering of time
Ethnometeorology
culture
Somali
HRAF PubDate
1997
Region
Africa
Sub Region
Eastern Africa
Document Type
essay
Evaluation
Lawyer, Social Scientist-4,5
Analyst
Irving Rosenthal ; John Beierle ; 1971-1972
Coverage Date
not specified
Coverage Place
Somalia, Djibouti, and southeastern Ethiopia
Notes
Enrico Cerulli
Translation of: Nuovi appunti sulle nozioni astronomiche dei Somali.
The original Italian text is not included
Includes bibliographical references
Translated for the HRAF files by Piero Biancani
LCCN
60024993
LCSH
Somalis