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America's oldest religious relic found ?

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posted on Apr, 18 2003 @ 10:37 AM
Archeologists sifting through a looted cemetery have uncovered a 4,000-year-old gourd segment bearing an engraved image of the principal deity worshipped by ancient Western cultures for thousands of years, in a find that pushes back by a millennium the suspected origin of organized religion in the Americas.

The black-rimmed etching depicts the staff god, a figure that, until the coming of European explorers and missionaries in the 16th century, dominated the belief system of civilizations that gave birth to organized societal structure and architecture.

The archaic figure, its jaguar-like fangs bared, feet splayed, the left outstretched arm ending in a snake head, the right gripping the hallmark staff, appears in various incarnations in the religious renderings of societies that once flourished around the Andes mountains.

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posted on Apr, 18 2003 @ 11:11 PM
Well, Deep-W, at first I thought this would be a thread about Billy Graham having got lost!
This is a fascinating find. I always wonder, however, why it's always Central and S. America.
The generally accepted picture of the settlement of the Americas has people coming across from Siberia and working south: there really ought be something of even greater antiquity somewhere in N. America, or the generally accepted picture has some serious flaws in it.

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