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Temple with Possible Sacrificial Altars Discovered in Massive Prehistoric Settlement

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posted on Oct, 20 2014 @ 12:47 PM
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a reply to: Stormdancer777

I wouldn't be surprised if the earliest deities were all women — women after all have the power of creation. Google image search "venus of" and all the earliest human figurines going back tens of thousands of years are.. ermm.. shapely.. female forms.




posted on Oct, 20 2014 @ 12:53 PM
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originally posted by: rickymouse
They don't actually have to be sacrifice tables, they could be places where they processed meat. Some could be for the buffet too. People lined up to go through the church feast with plates and a mug for the wine.

It seems like people always want to stick the word sacrifice on everything without questioning what could have been happening. This is consensus but there were some instances of sacrifice. A thousand years from now are they going to call our slaughterhouses Sacrificial holy sites? Some have smokehouses built with them to smoke hams. The bones go into a big semi though. Two thousand years ago, the bones were hammered into powder and used for various reasons.

Long ago, they burnt the bodies when people died in certain areas and their bones were crushed and cemented into burial artifacts. The headstone could actually be the grave. Other cultures buried their ancestors bones under their floors. There were a lot of traditional practices that we now would consider weird going on those days. Grandma buried in your basement, that would be very weird. But back then it wasn't in some places.


Archeology 101: when in doubt, it had "ritual significance."



posted on Oct, 20 2014 @ 12:57 PM
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I actually finid it funny that these "archaeologist" default to "scarifical" stuff when they dont understand the religion practiced.


6,000 yrs+ what are the chances animals crawled up there and died, taken shelter or even eaten by people.....

Biased Archaeologist are bad.



posted on Oct, 20 2014 @ 01:35 PM
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a reply to: rickymouse

....because until modern times people made continual sacrifices to the god(s) when or before eating. A portion of the meal being offered to the god/spirits/ancestors, the Muslim/jewish sacrifice of animals is part of that too.

Modern man has gotten out of the habit of offering food to the gods. etc.



posted on Oct, 20 2014 @ 01:38 PM
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a reply to: NavyDoc

That image is from Motel of Mysteries which is a hilarious accounting of the finding of a 1960's motel by future archaeologists.

While pointing to ritual can be over done, modern westerners have clearly forgotten just how important such rituals were in the past and were part of virtually every society.



posted on Oct, 20 2014 @ 01:40 PM
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originally posted by: theantediluvian
a reply to: Stormdancer777

I wouldn't be surprised if the earliest deities were all women — women after all have the power of creation. Google image search "venus of" and all the earliest human figurines going back tens of thousands of years are.. ermm.. shapely.. female forms.


In the 60-70's+ there was/is a movement in anthropology that one could call the ''The Goddess movement', that took a look at what you are describing. This led to an idea that early religions and cultures were female dominated.
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posted on Oct, 20 2014 @ 01:44 PM
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originally posted by: Hanslune
a reply to: NavyDoc

That image is from Motel of Mysteries which is a hilarious accounting of the finding of a 1960's motel by future archaeologists.

While pointing to ritual can be over done, modern westerners have clearly forgotten just how important such rituals were in the past and were part of virtually every society.


Yes, I know. It sits on my bookshelf. My 13 year old has discovered it and she finds it hilarious as well. She took it to school and showed the history teacher who also got a kick out of it. I'm glad that newer generations are able to appreciate this satire on Howard Carter's expedition.

Certainly ritual has had and even today still has importance in society, however, it still does seem the default explanation of that which we cannot explain readily.



posted on Oct, 20 2014 @ 01:55 PM
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originally posted by: NavyDoc

originally posted by: Hanslune
a reply to: NavyDoc

That image is from Motel of Mysteries which is a hilarious accounting of the finding of a 1960's motel by future archaeologists.

While pointing to ritual can be over done, modern westerners have clearly forgotten just how important such rituals were in the past and were part of virtually every society.


Yes, I know. It sits on my bookshelf. My 13 year old has discovered it and she finds it hilarious as well. She took it to school and showed the history teacher who also got a kick out of it. I'm glad that newer generations are able to appreciate this satire on Howard Carter's expedition.

Certainly ritual has had and even today still has importance in society, however, it still does seem the default explanation of that which we cannot explain readily.


Its often used as a fall back and is probably correct in many circumstances - but not all. I use to use images from that book all the time, especially with 101 students.

Modern people have tended to forget just how much religious ritual use to be dominate the lives of their ancestors. I'm translating the journal's of my wife's G-G-G grandfather and every other day its some saint or feast day and x and y must be done.



posted on Oct, 20 2014 @ 02:52 PM
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originally posted by: Hanslune

originally posted by: NavyDoc

originally posted by: Hanslune
a reply to: NavyDoc

That image is from Motel of Mysteries which is a hilarious accounting of the finding of a 1960's motel by future archaeologists.

While pointing to ritual can be over done, modern westerners have clearly forgotten just how important such rituals were in the past and were part of virtually every society.


Yes, I know. It sits on my bookshelf. My 13 year old has discovered it and she finds it hilarious as well. She took it to school and showed the history teacher who also got a kick out of it. I'm glad that newer generations are able to appreciate this satire on Howard Carter's expedition.

Certainly ritual has had and even today still has importance in society, however, it still does seem the default explanation of that which we cannot explain readily.


Its often used as a fall back and is probably correct in many circumstances - but not all. I use to use images from that book all the time, especially with 101 students.

Modern people have tended to forget just how much religious ritual use to be dominate the lives of their ancestors. I'm translating the journal's of my wife's G-G-G grandfather and every other day its some saint or feast day and x and y must be done.


Yes, and those feastdays usually come with yummy food as well.



posted on Oct, 20 2014 @ 04:05 PM
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originally posted by: Hanslune
a reply to: rickymouse

....because until modern times people made continual sacrifices to the god(s) when or before eating. A portion of the meal being offered to the god/spirits/ancestors, the Muslim/jewish sacrifice of animals is part of that too.

Modern man has gotten out of the habit of offering food to the gods. etc.


We have a ritual too. The cats come to the table when we eat and we sacrifice some of our foods to them. When they eat too much and puke, we say oh god.

I'm guessing that sacrificial sites in Finland were all bbq pits. Finns never change. You may find an old smokehouse foundation and urns for salting and aging fish..
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posted on Oct, 20 2014 @ 04:14 PM
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a reply to: LABTECH767


This pushes proof of complex urban civilization in europe back to a parity with mesopotamia


I wouldn't go that far, there are plenty of settlements, even cities that predate the rise of civilization, but those do not make a civilization. There are a number of other factors to take into consideration as well. Even so, history is always redefining itself with each new discovery.




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