Sunday, December 03, 2006

Oldest Magic/Ritual Site May Be in Botswana

A sculpture and other artifacts supposedly 70,000 years old in Botswana could be the world's oldest religious center. If the dating on this site is accurate (the interpretation sounds good, though that could fall apart too depending on the data), it isn't just the oldest evidence for symbolic thought, but it appears to be a worship ritual site.

Worshipping a giant snake. David Icke must love that.

Neanderthals appear to have buried their dead, sometimes with numbers of animal bones or skulls. But it isn't until some time after modern humans appear that visual symbols really appear. With it, some believe, comes serious symbolic thought, and that starts to lead us into the leaps of logic behind belief. It may have begun at this place, and others like it.

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