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THE ASTRONOMY OF THE AGE OF
GEOMETRIC ALTARS

Fire altars were an important part of ritual throughout the ancient world. Geometric ritual, often a part of the fire altars, was intimately connected with problems of mathematics and astronomy. Manuals of altar design form India explain the basis behind the reconciliation of the lunar and the solar years. This astronomy is based on the use of mean motions. Computation rules form Vedaria Jyotisa, an astronomy manual from the latter part of the second millennium BC that was used during the closing of the age of the altar ritual, are also described.


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