Ungod Posted April 3, 2019 Report Share Posted April 3, 2019 I started reading the 'dawn of astronomy' again, but this time mixing chapters. Spoiler There's something very interesting about the fact that 'we owe' so much to the Egyptians, from math to religion to agriculture to astronomy (where 'we' is probably 'humanity' and 'owe' refers to the foolish idea of 'progress'). They're probably the first to measure time by the Sun, instead of the Moon, the first ones to distribute plots of lands equally using more-or-less complicated math, the first ones to create a strong priestly cast (differing from the shamanic traditions) - or the first that we know of in detail. But I digress - here's what caught my eye: the Egyptians had a 365 days year, they had 12 months, they had the zodiac, they had 12 hrs, but they had...3 seasons. Sowing season, harvesting season and inundation season. It was all about the Nile - IT created this peculiarity. For the Egyptians, the rising of the Nile, which coincided with the summer solstice, was the New Year's day - they had to prepare for plowing and sowing henceforth. For us, New Year's when the long winter nights finally give in. I've heard of (obviously) 4 seasons and 2 seasons, but not of 3. Does anyone know of other strange numbers of seasons? Now or then? Ivorak and Mallos 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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