I'm reminded of a story a Man told me once.
This was decades ago,
back when States got to keep the taxes from oil drilled in their area,
and Louisiana State University was booming, bringing in the best professors.
My friends' dad is the foremost authority on Library Science in the US at the time,
and leading the switch to digital from the old card catalog Dewey Decimal system.
one weekend I was spending the night having a sleepover with his son,
who had just been sent out in his first-ever Truck to run some errands,
so I have nothing to do for an hour
and I walk into his darkened Study
where he is sitting on the couch laughing.
Feeling he was in a friendly mood I timidly walked in.
On the TV there is an old black and white movie playing. He tells me it's one of his favorites "Dr Strangelove"
so I sit down
in the recliner and watch a bit with him. After the scene where General Turgidson takes a phone call, that his scantily clad secretary screens for
him, I chuckled too.
The Professor looked at me suspiciously, like I was just giggling cause he said the movie was funny.
Defensively I said to him "That's just like when my Mom talks to my Grandfather long distance. This movie really shows the generation gap." And
He warmed up and started asking me about the things his son and I had been up to
working at our first Jobs together. I told him how the first time I went they didn't hire me, but after telling him about it, his son said "watch
this" put on a "Jesus First" T-shirt and we went back and applied together. We both got hired on the spot. And that's how his son helped me get
my first Job.
He sat up a little bit, and confided in me.
"You know. When I was studying Library Science, I went to libraries all over the world. One day, in the back of an old library. Underneath a
broken down shelf. Forgotten in a pile of ruined books. I found a passage that explained how the Ancient Gods decided that from now on they would be
known Collectively as just God. In the singular. That is the day I lost my faith."
His son got back and we went and did different things. I understood that he meant that his son was being Ironic with the T-shirt and just
manipulating the emotions of a prospective employer. And that faith is no substitute for Education.
Since that day my own research indicates ...
According to Maya the first creation
numbers are invented
According to the Maya: Tzolkin 4-hau Haab 8-Cumku
"Was seen the image of the turtle"
Letters are invented
According to the Maya: 13th Baktun completed
"Era of Gods" closed
world destroyed by man eating jaguars
Begin Second Creation
To answer the question: writing was invented seven years before Monotheism,
but the sense of divinity seems to be eternal.