reply to post by Phantom traveller
Thank you for addressing the topic.
Now, have you considered at all the documented propensity for human cultures to deify their environments through the process of imagining/creating a
mix and match morphological menagerie of anthropomorphic animals, typically through the arrangement of animal heads or parts onto human bodies?
Ancient Egyptian culture comes to mind with Bird headed, Cat headed, Jackal headed and other such mythical representations for their ideological
'understanding' of how the universe works.
Mediterranean culture with the Macedonians, Greeks, and other such had their own with the Minotaur, Harpies, Satyr, Nymphs, and many many others.
Indo-Hindu culture developed elephant headed Ganesh, Monkey attributed Hanumon, as well as blue skinned people, some with many arms, and in the
Mahabharata we've personalities with fancy technological flying machines capable of nuclear destruction.
In Pre-Colombian South America we see Jaguar, Vulture, the feathered serpent, and other animal related hodge-podge mix and match creations.
Native North American culture focuses more on talking animal spirits, but also ant-people, snake-people, wolf-people, etcetera.
We see the same with Greater Eastern Asia with Naga, Dragons, Fu dogs, Animal spirits like Fox spirits, and other similarities, physical and
philosophically abstract concepts replicated and imagined independently from other disparate cultures separated by time and geography such no cross
pollination of cultural ideals is likely.
Sailors among many differing cultures imagined mermaids, and a plethora of many other imaginative flights of fancy and fear in sea-faring lore.
Thing is, the human mind from a cultural perspective works with what it knows and is influenced by it's immediate environment.
Agricultural/pastoral societies will develop myths that usually depict bulls, goats, and other animals they work with on a close basis, as well as
beings controlling the sun, rain, and seasons they depend on for their crops and animals to flourish.
Hunter-gatherer societies will deify the elements they contend with, as well as the animals they pursue for food and are familiar with in their local
environments, developing mythologies around them.
It's a logical path of fundamental development in primitive cultures. Cultures are effected by the local environments they work, toil, struggle, and
are intimately familiar with whether it's coastal/oceanic, agrarian, jungle, mountains, deserts, or frigidly cold climes.
Animals get anthropomorphic elevations in the stories and mythologies that develop. Often it's simply a device of putting an animal head on a human
body. Other times we get a mix-and-match
This happens independently, and reoccurs independently as a function of predicable human psychological invention.
It's thus very plausible and even EXPECTED bug-eyed alien-looking petroglyphs, figurines, relief art, and cultural remnants of long past societies
show and depict this logical path of developmental mythology in the roots of their cultural beginnings.
Pyramids are often cited as a "shared technology" given mankind by aliens, or gods, or some such, across the world, most notably in China, South
America, and the Nile Delta region, but, fact of the matter is, a broad-based structure tapering as it gains altitude is an engineering no-brainer.
Children without any exposure to engineering concepts will do with with building blocks intuitively without any training or exposure to pyramid
Think what you will regarding aliens, or gods, but, environmental influences on the development of cultural mythologies is a predictable path full of
animals, animal spirits, people with animal heads, animals with parts of other animals, and other chimeric creations based on and off of the familiar
every day animals a culture is familiar with.