Dawn of Man and Myth- Cult of the Bear
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07-12-2016, 11:05 AM
Dawn of Man and Myth- Cult of the Bear
A fascinating article tracing back the earliest origins of religious thinking in prehistoric times.

Dawn of Man and Myth - Cult of the Bear - Part 1 of 2

“Our first tangible evidences of mythological thinking are from the period of Neanderthal Man, which endured from ca. 250,000 to ca. 50,000 B.C.; and these comprise, first, burials with food supplies, grave gear, tools, sacrificed animals, and the like; and second, a number of chapels in high mountain caves, where cave bear skulls, ceremonially disposed in symbolic settings, have been preserved. The burials suggest the idea, if not exactly of immortality, then at least of some kind of life to come; and the almost inaccessible high mountain bear skull sanctuaries surely represent a cult in honor of that great, upright, manlike, hairy personage, the bear."Joseph Campbell, Myths To Live By p32



So there we are, archaic humans and anatomically modern humans both with evidence that indicates the development of mythological thinking and rituals.

Cro-Magnon figurine: (over 40,000 years old)
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Dawn of Man and Myth - Cult of the Bear - Part 2 of 2


“Particularly instructive and well reported is the instance of bear cult of the Ainu of Japan, a Caucasoid race that entered and settled Japan centuries earlier than the Mongoloid Japanese, and are confined today to the northern islands, Hokkaido and Sakhalin--the latter now, of course, in Russian hands. These curious people have the sensible idea that this world is more attractive than the next, and that godly beings residing in that other, consequently, are inclined to come pay us visits. They arrive in the shapes of animals, but, once they have donned their animal uniforms, are unable to remove them. They therefore cannot return home without human help. And so the Ainu do help--by killing them, removing and eating the uniforms, and ceremonially bidding the release visitors bon voyage.”



Amazing they have found evidence of mythology/religion in at least three other species of human, Homo heidelbergensis, Homo neanderthalensis and Cro-Magnon.

With the Ainu in Japan, they can even get clues to how they framed their mythology in terms of explaining the world as well as religious justification for the ritualistic killing of bears.

This bear cult religion could have been around for over 100,000 years!

Think about that, all of these Abrahamic religions have been around for maybe 3500 years, this is not even a tenth as long as the primitive bear cults of several species of early humans.

How can any reasonable person look at evidence like this and not see the obviously contrived religions that were made up by us humans, several species of humans.

Gods derive their power from post-hoc rationalizations. -The Inquisition

Using the supernatural to explain events in your life is a failure of the intellect to comprehend the world around you. -The Inquisition
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07-12-2016, 01:01 PM
RE: Dawn of Man and Myth- Cult of the Bear
I'm always fascinated by other religions. Christians like everyone to think that theirs is the only one. And if they do allow for the idea of other religions, well, THOSE are make-believe Facepalm

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07-12-2016, 01:37 PM
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(07-12-2016 01:01 PM)jennybee Wrote:  I'm always fascinated by other religions. Christians like everyone to think that theirs is the only one. And if they do allow for the idea of other religions, well, THOSE are make-believe Facepalm

And that Yahweh watched all those other religions persisting for tens of thousands of years before finally, at long last, thinking "I guess it's time to pay that one tribe of Middle Eastern warrior-goatherders a visit... humans are ready".

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