Links to the Stars – Ancient Astronomy – Part 2/2

The Milky Way Maid says that the (ancient) Chinese focused more on the constellations, creating one of the earliest star maps ever found.

Chinese astronomers gave distinctive names to familiar Western constellations. For example, the Big Dipper was called The Plow. The North Star was Bei Ji. Another constellation was called the Winnowing Basket.

From the 16th century B.C. to the end of the 19th Century A.D., almost every (Chinese) dynasty appointed officials who were charged with the sole task of observing and recording the changes in the heavens.

However, the Chinese were not alone in mapping the heavens. 

Ancient cultures in the West studied the skies too. The “Nebra Sky Disc”, discovered in Europe, dates to about 1,600 BC. 

National Geographic says the Nebra Sky Disc is the oldest depiction of the night sky in history.  It is a hundred years older than the oldest images found in ancient Egypt.

The Nebra Sky Disc may be the first representation of the universe in human history.

However, in China about 4,000 years ago, the oldest astronomical instrument known to man appeared. It was merely a bamboo pole planted in the ground so that the movement of the sun could be observed from the direction and length of the shadow of the pole. Source: – Astronomy and Mathematics

Historians consider that the Chinese were the most persistent and accurate observers of celestial phenomena.

Return to Ancient Astronomy – Part 1 or discover Chinese inventions.


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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11 Responses to Links to the Stars – Ancient Astronomy – Part 2/2

  1. NN says:

    No, sorry.

  2. NN says:

    There is a legend in Ancient China (Shang Dynasty 1600 BC–1046 BC ?)that the Egyptians God Anubis’s son (the Djinn or the Antichrist) stole the same object, that is mentioned in the Finnish mythology that disappeared. I suspect this Nebra Sky Disc to be the same symbolic meaning to it at least. It’s from the same time period.

    It might be that the Egyptians had some sort of monopoly of the Gods (signs in heaven) at that time. They Egyptian magicians or High Priests made maps to the wealthiest, for their afterlife journeys.

    “New Kingdom (1550-1069 BC) tomb-seals also depict Anubis sitting atop the nine bows that symbolize his domination over the foes of Egypt.”
    It was Egypt’s most prosperous time and marked the zenith of its power. Anubis rituals called the ‘Opening of the Mouth’ is mentioned in the Book of the dead. Anubis is the symbol for the Dog Star, more known as the brightest star called Sirius.

    If astrology was a part of their mathematics and war tactics it must have been of interest to all parts to get the same information that the enemies had.

    How ever the story is about something that brings good luck a magical object of some sort that was lost in the sea in our version. Stolen form the sky according to the Chinese version perhaps?

    I don’t know where to find that Chinese story.

    • Interesting. Do you know any specific names that the Chinese may have used?

      • NN says:

        OK. On one Finnish page they say that “Kalevala” (the Fi mythology) as a cosmological book is at least 4000 years old treasure of Finnish, Chinese and Egypt.

        So I guess I wasn’t that wrong about it. It would be good if you use some sort of translator from Fi to English if I look after some Fi pages.

        Or you may do some search for your self with following words to start with:

        Kalevala (Name of the Fi myth)
        Sampo (The stolen/lost object)
        Kiina (China in Fi)

        Ask for help if you need. I’ll be around.

      • NN says:

        Oh, one hint can be that the Shamans knew about some spiritual gateways, in the sky as well as in their spiritual bodies, when they go in to trance and was in that way able to reach knowledge from divine sources. And as you know by now, the Shamans lived in the areas in North West to North East. That’s probably why China is connected to this.

        And Egypt would have stolen some of this ancient wisdom to come in to power by black magic. They travel with their mummies, haha.

        Well, it’s getting late here 03.00 *yaaaawn* Have a nice evening.

        It will be very interesting if you find the connections now :o)

        The Sirius is probably one of those gates or more like the gate in this story. The Egyptian Pharaohs want to reach immortality and they did believe in incarnation so… you can imagine how much they might have wanted that knowledge.

      • I’ve been looking and I found something to do with rice being stolen from the sky. Then China had a Dragon Phoenix culture but I’ve been having problems finding more detailed information on that.

      • NN says:

        I’ll take a look later today.

      • You mentioned having migraines. You may already know about this. I just read what recent research discovered about migraines. Just in case you haven’t read it, here is a link.

      • NN says:

        So kind of you to give info of the migraine. I’ve been better the last two days, but exhausted.

        You know what. I promised too take a look on the net concerning this Myth. But I’m drunk tonight so this is the best I can do for the moment.

        Hope that massive link works.

      • NN says:

        The migraine.

        I think I got it after I had PTSD, and now five years after when I’m able to relax more it strikes sometimes. I also got a bad lumbago a while ago so… I’ve had bad migraine only maybe 10 in my lifetime, so it’s not anything conical in that way. A worker college to me had/has Horner’s syndore. A bad case.

        He needed a shot mediately when he’s pain started. That is bad. Migraine is a peace of cake….

    • NN says:

      Gooood mooooorning Viet….

      Now I’m in condition again.

      I found something:
      “The Kalevala refers to the sun and the moon’s abduction and the like is present elsewhere in the world.”

      Must be some myths written by the Chinese as well then.
      I have a link, but it’s in Swedish. There might be some more details, what it’s all about. You need to use a translator.

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