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Connecting Heaven and Man: The role of astronomy in ancient Chinese society and culture

  • Xiaochun Sun (a1)

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This paper reviews the history of Chinese astronomy from the perspective of the rôle it played in establishing the Heaven-Man relationship in ancient China, which was politically and morally significant, and which in turn gave Chinese astronomy its most important characteristics.

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