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A star chart carved into the ceiling of an ancient tomb in Japan is believed to be the world's oldest, and may show the sky as it was seen from China.
The Kitora Tomb, located near the village of Asuka in Japan's Nara Prefecture, is known for gorgeous, colourful paintings at the four cardinal points of the compass. A black tortoise guards the north of the ancient tumulus, which has been standing since the seventh or eighth century. A red phoenix stands at the south, a white tiger at the west and a blue dragon at the east.
The ceiling of the tomb is decorated differently, with a map of the night sky, charting 68 constellations, with the stars picked out in gold leaf. Three concentric circles are drawn with vermilion, showing the movement of celestial objects, one of which is the sun.
According to Kazuhiko Miyajima, a professor at Doshisha University who studied the chart after the tomb was discovered in 1998, this makes it possibly the oldest astronomical chart of its kind in the world. It has designations for the horizon, equator and ecliptic circles, as well as recognisable patterns of stars.
A small stone chamber, the Kitora Tomb is a little over 1 metre in height and width and about 2.4 metres long, just large enough to bury a single person. The four walls are aligned with the cardinal points of the compass, and respectively feature the Black Tortoise of the North, the Azure Dragon of the East, the Red Bird of the South, and the White Tiger of the West. On the ceiling of the chamber there is also a star chart that has been the focus of much research and debate by scholars in the field of archaeoastronomy. In addition, the zodiac animals-headed figures with human body are painted on the wall, which may be one of the oldest remaining zodiac murals in East Asia.
It has designations for the horizon, equator and ecliptic circles, as well as recognisable patterns of stars.
originally posted by: Kantzveldt
If the interest then was in the intersection of the galactic and ecliptic plane on the local horizon in Gemini at the Spring equinox that dates back to more like 6,500 years ago rather than 65 Bc...
Kitora tomb itself is approximately 1 meter in width, 1.3 meters in height, and about 2.2 meters in length. The painting on the ceiling is remarkably small yet detailed. Professor Miyajima developed a chart based on his plotting of stars, connecting lines, and circles found on the ceiling painting (see below). The outer or horizon circle is about 63 centimeters in diameter. The celestial equator and ecliptic circles are both from 41 to 43 centimeters in diameter, and the inner circle (denoting stars which were seen to not set in the North) is about 18 centimeters in diameter.
if not a tomb, could this have been an occult, initiation chamber/a portal reserved for Royalty...
there are mystical sects/cults in every culture...
the concept is not as screwy as it seems... we presently have a Dr Who which transports himself via a telephone booth...
why not transport ones' self to higher realms or distant places/times in a 'Chamber-of-the-heavens',
the Zodiac inside the chamber magically changes positions to reveal the general 'date' of the last traveler's destination on a 'precession' timescale...(ergo, the last astral traveler @ around 700AD went back to someplace in time which was some 5,150 years in the travelers past
edit on th31143739749920042015 by St Udio because: added royalty
originally posted by: 3n19m470
When I read "foreign sky" in the title, I was thinking of a view from another star system.