Links between Ethnology and the Cosmos
In what way can the cosmos be related to ethnology? Is it possible that the cosmos is so close to us? Although it seems unbelievable, having looked around, you may find diverse manifestations of the relationship of mankind with the cosmic world. The magnificent brightness of celestial bodies has been exciting the mind and feelings of a man at all times. The Sun, the Moon, stars, their inter-relationship and the impact on humanity are reflected in our nation’s religious beliefs, folk and traditional art. This exhibition, based on the exposition of Lithuanian Museum of Ethnocosmology, acquaints with miscellaneous links between ethnology and the cosmos. There one can see household tools and goods that reflect knowledge about the cosmos, telescopes, meteorites, the cosmos photos captured by artificial satellites, ancient calendars and works of art.
Lithuanian museum of Ethnocosmology is the first and the only museum of such type in the world. It was established in 1990 on the initiative of the astronomer Gunaras Kakaras and the ethnologist Libertas Klimka. The main task of museum is to collect, preserve, and research the information on the relationship of a man and mankind with the Cosmic World and to provide it to the visitors. In the year 1997, the first telescope was made operational. This was made possible thanks to an international Lithuanian-Italian Fund. During 2007–2008, the museum underwent reconstruction. Its architects were Ričardas Krištapavičius and Andrius Gudaitis. Architecture of the museum is unique. It is the mythological World Tree embellished with cosmic forms. The underground gallery represents the roots of the tree, the towers – the trunk, and the viewing platform – the top of the tree.