History of thinking about extraterrestrial life in non-Western cultures?
January 6, 2014 8:23 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for any pointers to articles, books, or information about the history of pre-modern
thought about the possibility of extraterrestrial life. (To be clear, I'm not
looking for anything about "ancient astronauts" or whether the ancient Egyptians were guided by aliens or anything like that.)
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Rather, I'm looking for discussions about what pre-modern folks believed about the possibility of extraterrestrial life. I've already found lots of discussions about thoughts about alien life in the Western cannon (i.e., Lucretius, Plato and Giordano Bruno). But are there any (English language!) sources that discuss thinking on this topic (from antiquity to pre-modern times) in, for example, India, or Japan, or the middle East, or Africa, or basically anywhere that's not part of Western Europe?
Thanks in advance for any guidance anyone can provide.