This is an official definition authorised by the Astronist Institution.

Petronism

pəˈtrəʊnɪz(ə)m

noun | Archaeoastronology

the practice of depicting or carving astronomical events, symbols and beliefs onto rock faces and other items, common in prehistory. The associated archaeoastronological method of interpreting depictions on cave walls or rock carvings, as well as other forms of prehistoric religious expression, such as monument-building and amulet-making, to determine their proximity to the Astronic tradition (their Astronicity).

Derivatives

  • Petroncy | pəˈtrəʊnsi | noun
  • Petronist | pəˈtrəʊnɪst | noun
  • Petronistic | pəˈtrəʊnɪstɪk | adjective

Origin and etymology

  • Astro-English: from Astronese, the suffix petro-, denoting rocks, combined with the suffix -ism denoting a belief; meaning ‘beliefs associated with or expression through rocks or depictions on rocks.’ 
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