Fred Korematsu, Civil Libertarian

This chart is for support of Mr. Korematsu’s civil liberties struggle so you can use it against the charts on the FDR Interment essay. I did not rectify it but chose the standard sunrise birth chart. Korematsu was born on January 30, 1919 in Oakland, California, the third of four sons born to parents who had immigrated from Japan.

Of all the asteroids that appear in the many maps during the War Years, Hidalgo, the centaur, shows up on his birth chart, partile to his Sun. It seems rather prescient that when he changed his identity he claimed he was Spanish and Hawaiian for Hidalgo commemorates Father Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (1753–1811), the Spaniard most responsible for declaring Mexico’s independence in 1810 from Spain. 1 See the first house with Hidalgo at 09 Aquarius 37 and the Sun a minute later. The Sun-asteroid combination, from the Sabian symbols is “a man of stature is catapulted into popularity, unspoiled he plans further achievements.” This degree suggests a true faithfulness to self in moments of great significance, but warns of overreliance on opportunity.

Toro, for the bull, another asteroid that plays heavily in his the Interment charts, also appears suggesting that this was not only the Federal government bulling him but him resisting back. 2 See the eleventh house cusp for Toro at 01 Sagittarius 14 that gets from Charubel the symbol of “one very subtle and sensitive who will not be imposed upon”. As Toro is square his Mars right on the eleventh house cusp this supports the idea he felt FDR’s order “bullied” him into submission and he resented it. With Neptune in the seventh and trine Toro and opposite Hidalgo and his Sun, Korematsu felt he was innocent of these “implied” charges and so would not go as ordered.


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    See the first house with Hidalgo at 09 Aquarius 37 and the Sun a minute later.
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    See the eleventh house cusp for Toro at 01 Sagittarius 14 that gets from Charubel the symbol of “one very subtle and sensitive who will not be imposed upon”.

1942 FDR’s order for Japanese Interment

1 This article traces through a series of charts, Fred Korematsu’s  a Japanese-American, decision to challenge FDR’s  now controversial Executive Order forcing Japanese-Americans only, to leave their home and report to an interment camp in the aftermath of the bombing of the US naval base at Pearl Harbor.  While Japan was allies with both Italy and Germany, neither of those groups were bound by the order.                        

                                                                The Law Falls Silent

 Pearl harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the Japanese military on what President Franklin Roosevelt called “a day that shall live in infamy”  in his radio broadcast shortly following the attack on Sunday, December 7th, 1941.  severely crippling the U.S. in the Pacific.  The  U.S. War Department suspected that Japanese Americans might act as saboteurs or espionage agents,, and many political leaders recommended rounding up Japanese Americans, particularly those living along the West Coast, and placing them in detention centers inland. The U.S. Department of Justice, opposed this claiming there was no proof while the War Department,  favoured detention. 

During Wartime, the President is granted the ability to abridge any or all Americans constitutional rights for a defined period of time for the safety of the country under the U.S. Constitution.  Civil libertarians find this an egregious action, while supporters deem it necessary to secure the country’s safety and stability against a known threat.  While obviously not a Constitutional precedent, the Roman statement, Cicero,  said “Inter arma enim silent leges” “in times of war, the law falls silent,”   because he vociferously said in the Roman Senator, it is a military necessity to control internal flow and ensure the safety of all.

Thus, in the immediate aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack, more than 1,200  Japanese community leaders were arrested, and the assets of all accounts in the U.S. branches of Japanese banks were frozen, many proven to have been financing Japan.  Two months later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 allowing  the Secretary of War and the armed forces to move all people of  Japanese ancestry from living in or near designated military areas throughout the United States.  They were then  transported in military caravans  to 26 various sites in  seven states:  Arizona, Colorado,  Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Washington, and Arkansas.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the executive order for the interrment of Japanese Americas after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Chart for FDR signing the order

Fred Korematsu, 23, was a Japanese-American citizen who did not comply with the order to leave his home and job, despite that his parents had abandoned  both their home and their flower-nursery business in preparation for reporting to a camp.  Korematsu had decided to stay behind.  He had plastic surgery on his eyes to alter his appearance; changed his name to Clyde Sarah and he claimed  he was of Spanish and Hawaiian descent.

                      Korematsu fails to report

On May 30, 1942, about six months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the FBI arrested Korematsu for failure to report to a relocation center.  I am not sure where this was, but I am assuming it was San Francisco. 

While waiting in jail,  American Civil Liberties Union approached him asking if they could represent him and make his case a test case to challenge the constitutionality of the government’s order. Korematsu was tried in federal court in San Francisco, and convicted of violating military orders issued under Executive Order 9066.  He was  given five years on probation, and sent to an Assembly Center in San Bruno, CA.

Korematsu’s attorneys appealed the trial court’s decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals, which agreed with the trial court he had violated military orders.  Korematsu asked the Supreme Court of the United States to hear his case.

Supremes hear the argument

On December 18, 1944, a divided Supreme Court ruled, in a 6-3 decision, that the detention was a “military necessity” and not based on race.   Justices Robert Jackson, Owen Roberts and Frank Murphy dissented.   The majority opinion, written by Justice Black, had a concurring opinion by Justice Felix Frankfurter.

The majority ruled only on the validity of the specific provision under which Korematsu was convicted: the  requirement to leave the designated area and report to a camp.  As the order applied only to people who were Japanese or of Japanese descent, it was subject to the “most rigid scrutiny, ”  and while the majority found that although the exclusion of citizens from their homes generally  is an impermissible use of government authority, they  agreed  there  is an exception where there is “grave [and] imminent danger to the public safety, ”  as long as the it was pursuant  to a “close relationship between the government’s actions and the prevention of espionage and sabotage.” 

Thus the Supreme Court  found there both was sufficient danger  to the west coast of the United States from the Japanese-Americans possible support of Imperial Japan, and further attacks in the Pacific, but also ample evidence to justify Korematsu to evacuate: the order was valid thus Korematsu was required to report.

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Clinton awards Korematsu the Presidential Medal of Freedom

                          Presidential Medal of Freedom

Times change. 

In 1998, 54 years later, President Bill Clinton awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom,  the nation’s highest honor given to a civilian, to Fred Korematsu as an early Civil Rights advocate. 

In 2010, Governor Jerry Brown, a progressive Democrat and former Jesuit monk, urged the state of California to pass the   Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution bill , making January 30, which coincides with both Mr Korematsu’s and  FDR’s birthdays, a state holiday requiring California schools to commemorate Mr. Korematsu and his valiant struggle for civil liberties.  This is first time in U.S. history  a government holiday was named after an Asian American.

Several California schools have seen bee n named in Mr. Korematsu’s honour and the Fred T. Korematsu Institute was established to  educate and advance racial equity, social justice, and human rights for all. 

Posthumously, Mr. Korematsu had died in 2005, the Korematsu family donated two original 1940’s era photographs of Mr. Korematsu  to the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.    On February 2, 2012 the Institute formally unveiled the gifts s for their permanent Civil Rights exhibit, The Struggle for Justice. 


The death of Saladin

  Who is Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb aka Saladin?

He is the most famous of Muslim heroes because of his capturing of Jerusalem on October 2, 1187, the third Holy City in the Islamic Religion because of the Dome of the Rock. English writers also praised him because of his good relationship with King Richard II, aka the Lionheart of England, because the two monarchs brokered the Treaty of Ramla, where Jerusalem remained in Muslim hands, but allowed Christians to remain there undisturbed and visit on pilgrimage. Not really a treaty that either king wanted, but it allowed Saladin to save face, and Richard to return home to deal with his usurping brother, John.

While his military exploits are well known, we know little of his personal life except when he died on March 4, 1193, though his crypt is at the Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Dimashq, Syria, does not contain his body. It is assumed, and we are going with that, he died nearby in Damascus.

In November 1898, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Prussia paid his respects to the great Sultan, and promised to rebuild his tomb, that was then in shambles as homage to the then ruling Ottoman Empire. He did a wonderful job as shown by the header picture.

Map of seven planets for his Death

I posted two maps for the great Sultan:  one with the Hellenistic seven in the Alcabitius format, as I did for the Battle of Karbalā, because he was an Islamic astrologer and I think it appropriate for this time period and place, and the second in modern format with all ten planets, also in Alcabitius.

No matter which method I use, Saladin has an incredible preponderance in Pisces for our mythic time of 11 o’clock at night. IF so, this chart suggests a peaceful death — tired and weary from a lifetime of war, but perhaps also severely wounded, Mars at 26 Pisces 35 1 The Hyperion symbol of a “prostrate man giving smelling salts” to revive and rejuvenate him and Jupiter a vigintile away at 12 Aries 50, getting the Hyperion symbol of “Amazons 2 Amazons were mythic nation of female warriors who lived in Pontus near the shore of the Euxine sea, and formed an independent kingdom under the government of a queen. hunting ” highlighting the dispatch and efficiency of a swift and ferocious hunting party pouncing upon their prey.

Saladin needed rest to recuperate and his ascendant of 21 Scorpio with the Hyperion symbol of “a Persian squirrel eating pine nuts” and the desire to appreciate all they have accumulated. Alas, that was not meant to be.

A modern Look at the Death of Saladin

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    The Hyperion symbol of a “prostrate man giving smelling salts” to revive and rejuvenate him
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    Amazons were mythic nation of female warriors who lived in Pontus near the shore of the Euxine sea, and formed an independent kingdom under the government of a queen.

C107 AC/DCs Rhythm Man Malcolm Young

Mr. Young and his brother Angus created AC/DC in Sydney, Australia, on New Year’s Eve in 1973. The group, known for its power-chord riffs, earsplitting vocals and raucous energy, found enduring popularity and great commercial success, a major departure from Oz’s previous best known success, Little River Band, but then times had changed and with it the taste in music.

The band got its name from the Young’s sister Margaret’s sewing machine, whose label was stamped “AC/DC” perhaps a joke on Malcolm’s heaving drinking and Angus’s teetotaling lifestyles.

From left, members of AC/DC pre 1982 Malcolm Young (in the blue Canarsie soccer t-shirt), Bon Scott (Hawaiian shirt), Cliff Williams (rear) Angus Young in the tie, and Phil Rudd. CreditFin Costello/Redferns

Malcolm Young’s last performance with the band was in 2010 in Bilbao, Spain. He was having cognitive problems but kept performing during the tour, often having to relearn guitar parts that he had written, Rolling Stone reported. Mr. Young’s nephew, Stevie Young, replaced his uncle in 2014..

                                                                                    Glasgow roots

Mr. Young was born on Jan. 6, 1953, in Glasgow, Scotland. His parents later emigrated to Sydney. His survivors include his wife, O’Linda; two children, Cara and Ross; his brother Angus; a sister; and three grandchildren, according to a statement on the band’s website. Mr. Young’s older brother George, one of the band’s producers and songwriters, died last month.

Ac/Dc/s most famous lead singer, Bon Scott, in what turned out to be his own dirge, Highway to Hell.

We have rectified Mr. Young’s chart to 15 Sagittarius, getting the Sabian symbol of “the ground rising up and looking for its shadow” revealing the pattern of life and its purpose, but with the warning of sacrificing the present for future. Indeed, Malcolm has more planets in succedent (future) houses than present (cadent) ones.

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The Battle of Karbala Iraq

Karbala Iraq, c. 680

The Battle of Karbala 680 cemented a division that still exists between Islam’s Sunni and Shia branches. Initially, the dispute began over succession to the Caliphate of Mohammed because the Prophet did not explicitly appoint as a successor thus throwing succession into a tizzy.

Ali, who was Muhammad’s son-in-law, blood cousin, and first male to accept Islam at 12 years old felt he was the correct choice, and rightful successor because Muhammad did not have any male children.

But the Sunni’s disagreed, believing the hadith stated succession should be on merit and consultation by the leadership. With trouble imminent, the three men chose among themselves and picked Abu Bakr as Muhammad’s successor believing that Ali did not have the political clout to encourage the the spread of Islam or hold it together.

Bakr ended up being a fitting choice and as caliph, he helped developed the tenets of Sunni Islam and organized the expanding Islamic empire. He met his fate when a discontented Persian slave 1 Possibly a Shiite but records do not state anything other than “Persian” so we are left to ponder that. murdered him.

Like Muhammad, Abu Bakr left no explicit successor (caliph), instead giving a list of six potentials, and asked his followers to pick among them. Ali’s name was on the list, again, but again he was bypassed for the same reasons, and again the leaders chose among themselves, picking this time Uthman.

Unlike his predecessor Abu Bakr, Uthman’s caliphate was controversial. First, there were disputes over his apparent favouritism towards members of his own tribe, probably a typical argument, but worse, the question whether bribery had helped secure his position hung over his caliphate like Cicero’s Damocles Sword.

After 12 years in power, disaffected Muslims from Egypt and Iraq assassinated Uthman. This was highly unusual, and Ali’s supporters saw another path for him to be caliph, but Uthman’s supporters, one which his cousin and a very powerful governor of Syria, Mu‘awiyah, demanded Ali bring Uthman’s killers to justice.

Ali assassinated in Kufa

Before Ali could do a thing, Mu’awiyah’s men assassinated in him in the Great Mosque in Kufa, Iraq. Shortly afterwards, the first Muslim civil war broke out. Ali now dead, the Shia decided that his eldest son, Hassan, was the natural successor, but Hassan fearing for his life almost immediately signed a peace treaty with Mu‘awiyah, ending the civil war and fled to Medina.

Almost immediately Mu‘awiyah broke the terms of his treaty with Hassan and announced his son, Yazid and not Hassan would succeed him as caliph. Ali supporters were enraged by the announcement, and since Mu‘awiyah’s family, the Banu Abd Shams, of the tribe of the Quraysh, had not only opposed Muhammad’s message of Islam but also persecuted the Prophet. Adding fuel to the controvery, the Shia noted the Shams controlled Mecca but were not Muslim. Acknowledging the problem, Mu’awiyah converted.

In the meantime, the Ali-Hassan supporters planned and plotted their next move, and waited. They waited twenty years, intimidated by Mu’awiyah, until the latter’s death, upon which as expected Yazid became caliph, and shortly after which Ali’s son Hassan murdered.

Now Hassan’s brother Hussein, continued the claim. Since Mu’awiyah had been neither wise nor well-loved, they wrote to Hussein to come to Kufa and take the caliphate. Hussein unwisely did with a caravan of about 150 people.

The chart below shows what happened next.

The mundane chart of the Battle of Karbala

Remember, the time is approximate as I have no idea when the battle was over or that Hussain was killed. I have chosen sunset around 6 pm on the 10 of October.

The grand trine Earth from Jupiter in the ninth, Yazid the Caliph in Kufa, to Venus in the fifth in Virgo, the hopes and dreams of acquiring the caliphate, to Uranus in Taurus, the unexpected turns things do not look good for Hussein and his people. That he is there at all is because of the Moon in Pisces, reflecting his maternal line to Muhammad. His grandfather, Ali, the original claimant shows up as Saturn in Leo reflecting his birth in the Qaba, and blood relation to Muhammad.

Perhaps in this map the Moon in watery Pisces is also the water that Zayid withheld in the four days from Hussain and his people; it is the only watery element on the map and in the eleventh house, almost hovering above the rest of the chart as a promise. Everything else is fire (the desire to win, the desert heat) earth (the basis on both sides of their claims, the dry land) and air (the beliefs that make them strong, and their swords ready to fight).

Claims of Hussein

Alas, the Moon is opposite Venus in its detriment in Virgo, and this claim is not well respected by all particularly the strong leaders in the ninth house who want someone with political knowledge and connections to expand the empire further, while Hussan trine to Neptune is just thinking about the religious duties of Caliph. Obviously that just was not enough for the elders, they were looking for the vision thing (Uranus conjunct the first house and ascendant 02 Taurus 35 or Men in search of Golconda, the rich diamond minds of the Qutb Shahi dynasty in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. More fitting that I would have thought).

The stellium in Libra in the sixth house of house and duty is packed with the connections now severed, literally, between the two parties: on one side the Son (Muhammad’s bloodlines), the other Tradition or the Law (Mercury) and in the middle the Battle.

Ibn Ziyad’s army opened the combat by showering Ali’s small camp with arrows. Fearing for the safety of their women and children, Ali and his men asked for the right to meet ibn Ziyad’s soldiers in single combat. One by one, Ali and his men went out to meet their enemies in hand-to-hand combat, fighting and then dying. ■ If Ali’s band of 72 caused 88 enemy fatalities, it did not matter as Zayid could always bring another out to fight the victor until they were all dead.

After ibn Ziyad’s army left the battlefield, locals buried the dead, marking only Hussein’s grave. The day after the battle, the captive women and children—including Hussein’s younger sister Zaynab, that poor Venus — were loaded onto camels, and taken to Kufa.


  • The chart is in Alcabitius or Abu al-Saqr Abd al-Aziz ibn Uthman ibn Ali al-Qabisi, who practised astrology in the 6th century.
  • Our header picture is of Saladin’s tomb


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    Possibly a Shiite but records do not state anything other than “Persian” so we are left to ponder that.

Jakob Böhme, twice

Böhme the mystic

It seems only fitting that Jakob Boehme, the great Polish  1 Even this is under dispute as the Germans would like to claim him too, but it seems recent DNA research states Bohme is a Sorb culturally and they are Polish Lutherans not Germans. That’s rather funny, as the only Poles I met growing up were all Lutherans and until college, when I met my first Polish Catholic, I was amazed. My amazement grew when the College of Cardinals in Rome made a Pole the Pope!  I’ll never know if the area in Brooklyn I grew up had Sorbian refugees or whether they were converts.   One of the many unsolved mysteries in life.  mystic, should have a birthday shrouded in mystery. 

On Wikipedia, but nowhere else, Böhme has a birthday of April 24, 1575, reading Marc Edmund Jones’s Guide to Horoscopic Interpretation  that date is wrong. He he posits another from Manly Hall, the eminent Canadian-American esotericist, author of the Secret of All Things and founder of the Philosophical Research Society.

Using the Wikipedia date for Böhme, I  rectified him for a Cancer 21 ascendant. It gets the Sabian symbol of a “magnificent opera house and its glittering audience rests in silence” highlighting the elevation and popularization of human dignity for all mankind, This makes sense, as does his Pluto in Pisces in the ninth house, for  Boehme followed the footsteps of the English William Tyndale and German Martin Luther in wanting a more democratic Church and a local language Mass.  But that chart agrees neither with the Guide’s layout, nor with Hall.  Bummer, eh?

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    Even this is under dispute as the Germans would like to claim him too, but it seems recent DNA research states Bohme is a Sorb culturally and they are Polish Lutherans not Germans. That’s rather funny, as the only Poles I met growing up were all Lutherans and until college, when I met my first Polish Catholic, I was amazed. My amazement grew when the College of Cardinals in Rome made a Pole the Pope!  I’ll never know if the area in Brooklyn I grew up had Sorbian refugees or whether they were converts.   One of the many unsolved mysteries in life. 

J101 Dr. Alexis Carrel & the Dakin Solution

Before Dr. Alexander Fleming invented penicillin, Dr. Carrel developed the Dakin Solution, a type of hypochlorite solution made from diluted bleach and applied to decrease skin irritation. Chlorine, the active ingredient in Dakin’s solution, is a potent antiseptic that kills most forms of bacteria and viruses. This simple solution saved many men in World War they still use it and when people are out in the wild, far from critical care centers and hospitals.

Carrel though had already won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1912 for his experimental, and ultimately successful work, on vascular suturing & the grafting of blood vessels and organs, ” that is considered a forerunner of Dr. Christiaan Bernard’s cardiac transplant surgery because of his Nobel work.    His other honours are Legion d’Honneur, France; Nordhoff-Jung Prize for Cancer Research, 1930; the Newman Foundation Award, Univ. of Illinois, 1937 and the Rotary Club of New York Service Award, 1939 and honorary memberships of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR,

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A. L. Kroeber cultural anthropologist, father of Ursula LeGuin

Hi Folks, I’ve been ill with vertigo from an inner ear infection, so I’ve been reading alot and posting little. I will try to get those tasks more intune in the days that follow. Thanks.

Alfred Louis Kroeber was an American cultural anthropologist who studied under famed Franz Boas at Columbia University. He received the University’s first doctorate in anthropology in 1901 on the importance of the bear in the Arapaho culture, and tying it into the story of the Big Dipper 1 The Big Dipper is the oldest constellation known to humankind, and is traced to the Sumerians where it was Bear hunting party. Kroeber’s linkage of the Arapaho’s Bear Story to it was of extreme historical and anthropological importance. .

He was the first professor of Anthropology at the fledging University of California, Berkeley, and played an integral role in the early days of its Museum of Anthropology, where he served as Director from 1909 through 1947. His influence was profound and was hailed as “Dean of American Anthropologists” during his lifetime.

He was born June 11, 1876 in Hoboken, New Jersey, to a pair of German Protestant immigrants. He died around his daughter’s birthday in Paris, 1960 right before she married Frenchman Charles LeGuin on Christmas day there. An interesting coincidence.

It was his work with Ishi, thought to be the last California Yahi Indian., that was path breaking though Ishi may have been of mixed ethnic heritage, with a father from the Wintu, Maidu or Nomlaki tribes, thanks to his second wife, and Ursula’s mother, Theodora Kracaw Kroeber, biography Ishi in Two Worlds, even though Ms. Kroeber never met Ishi.

Kroeber’s relationship with Ishi was the subject of a film, The Last of His Tribe (1992), starring Jon Voight, actress Angelina Jolie’s father, as Kroeber.

Alfred and his wife Theodora. Notice their daughter Ursula wore the same hairstyle.

Astrological tells

Kroeger’s ascendant is 13 Sagittarius 38, giving him the Hyperion Symbol of Prajapati, a Vedic Sanskrit god, who births the later Hindu gods. It is an image of when the urgrun of existence is captured in the endless chain of sons, fathers, grandfathers or anthropology itself, and highlights the importance of making the potential of men, manifest. Prajapati is associated with Brahma, born from a golden egg and who created the earth and all things on it.

He has a Grand trine in Water from Jupiter in the eleventh to Venus in the seventh to the North Node in the second, This would have made him rather aloof from people, perhaps even his children, and tend not to identify with them as much as he did others. It would have also encouraged him to seek out esteemed feedback — i.e. feedback from colleagues, associates who had standing, or whom he admired.

Kroeber after his doctorate

Professor Kroeber is a locomotive temperament type. His focal determinator is also his lead planet, Jupiter at 24 Scorpio 09 Retrograde, or the Hyperion symbol of an Egyptologist translating hieroglyphics for others to read

His Line of Motivation was a biseptile, or 102 degrees 50 minutes apart , making Mars in the seventh house of Cancer, as the most exact sphere away, key to how he matured. For Kroeber, this encouraged him to go into anthropology, a subject far different from anything he identified with at home, move to California where he knew no one, and divorce and marry one of his students and start a family anew. He was heavily dependent upon change as a catalyst for his growth.

His Line of Vitality from Moon to the Sun is trine, an easy aspect that gave him good looks and charm. This helped him immensely in his career.

His Line of Efficiency from Mars to Venus is vigintile. both in Cancer and both in the seventh house again reinforcing the Line of Vitality’s charm and adding the ability to get without asking what he needed.

Finally, his Line of Culture, from Neptune to Uranus, is square, one of the few squares Kroeber has in his chart, and all of them in the modern generational planets. This fits in with his desire to study, work and return to a more primitive time and peoples, a period before industrialization where personal alliances (kinship), alliances and skills were more valued, and indeed in his most ambitious work he tried in  Configurations of Culture Growth (1945), to unite psychology, sociology, culture and anthropology into a grand logical and philosophical construct.


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    The Big Dipper is the oldest constellation known to humankind, and is traced to the Sumerians where it was Bear hunting party. Kroeber’s linkage of the Arapaho’s Bear Story to it was of extreme historical and anthropological importance.

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