posted on Dec, 4 2012 @ 05:32 PM
Originally posted by Hanslune
reply to post by 11andrew34
I take it as a local map set in a larger context, it may have had some meaning to the maker that wasn't intended as a map. As only scribes and
priests could read the use of this as 'propaganda' would have been limited.
In that case, moving from the center outward, why not have some symbolic representation of the otherwise undepicted real and known world before you
show the world ocean and the mythological realms? It would ruin the corral message/effect, so it's not there.
If literacy was a requirement for written propaganda to be effective, the Bible would have been ineffective for most of its history, and the opposite
is true. It was more effective as a propaganda tool when most people couldn't read it.
Propaganda can be effective simply because it is in physical form, which gives it authority. You yourself don't have to be able to read it; the
priest can simply say 'look, it's all right here, it's not our fault your ignorant eyes can't read it.' It makes it part of the cultural
landscape, part of the way things are. The law code of Hamurabi and other publicly displayed stele sort of things worked like that. Most people
couldn't read them, but it was still an effective expression of their authority in that it made people more likely to accept it and defer to it.
And of course in this case, they used a picture. The priests would be expected to answer questions about the workings of the world. You could ask them
what the world was like and they'd tell you what they were supposed to tell you, and if you didn't believe them, they could show you this picture.
If you actually could read a little, you'd see that it was all indeed labeled just as the priest was saying it was.
Just speculating for fun of course. I'd agree that to really know it's purpose you'd need to know where it lived and how it was displayed. I mean
I'm sure I'll get no argument from you on that sort of basic idea of archaeology type thing. I'd guess it was being shipped somewhere when it was
lost if they found it in the river, or maybe somebody threw it in the river during a regime change or who knows what, so who knows what it was doing
Was it at least somewhat publicly displayed or just hidden away? I'd have to agree it wouldn't be useful as propaganda for general consumption if it
were hidden away in a secret chamber, but in that case, it might be used as indoctrination for zealots, i.e. priests that weren't intended to
actually have good and useful knowledge, but simply do what they were told.