the problem with understanding south American cultures as well as our own is that they rewrote their history so many times BEFORE we erased it that it
is hard to tell.
Hard but not impossible.
Like all ancient ritual games, it was probably used as a peaceful way to resolve disputes without wars, like the Olympics.
the trouble is when religious mysticism takes over people do terrible things and erase all accounts that tell a different story. We are doing it now
to American culture and have always done it in western culture like the rest of the world.
Look at how we portray WW2....the noble fight.....yet we never mention that we fought just as dirty as the rest. Or the fact that we had everything
to do with starting it as the rest.
No, we are the noble supermen with golden smiles and blond hair that you see giving the thumbs up from a cockpit of a fighter on a WW2 era poster. Not
the toothless farmer doing things to the enemy that are better not mentioned here on ATS.
same thing here with ritual games.
There was an era in antiquity where mankind was more civilized and evolved than us now. They had deep thought and strong social and moral laws that
most were happy to follow. That´s why we see their monumental achievements which were imitated by later cultures but not reproduced as their
ancestors since the real culture that made them died out. Our culture is arguably in danger because we have lost touch with our values and are
committing mistakes that could add up to our collapse.
Imagine if our culture was to be destroyed by a catastrophe....how long before we turn the lights back on and invent computers you think? What if they
had a few old ones laying around and knew we sat in front of them....maybe they would take glass and make square panels and sit in front of them to
learn.....or what ever.
The ritual games were a form of civilized society settling disputes. Later generations either ignorantly misinterpreted their function to replace war
as requiring death like war. Maybe they did so on purpose by elites rewriting history as we know they do now and did then.
cargo cults, lies, rewritten history and forgotten cultures that are reinvented as best known how. that is what we must consider when searching for
historical understanding. Best thing to do is look at it all and see where we are going with this. What does logic dictate. Become a student of logic
and a master of truth, as logic alone cant tell you what we did do or have done. Just gives you a general idea, which is itself important but not
edit on 11-8-2012 by BIHOTZ because: (no reason given)