Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Homo adorans

Here's a fascinating article about what appears to be an 11,000 year-old temple. That's before written language, before metal tools, before animals were domesticated, and even before agriculture. Recently, J.D. very cleverly suggested that humankind should be designated as homo ideologicus. I'm not so sure, though. Before we can create our ideologies, we have to have a basic experience of and response to what our ideologies eventually center around. It seems to me that man is a worshipping animal, and this discovery of an incredibly early temple may illustrate the point.

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1 comment:

my random thoughts said...

me thinks one could suggest that we had a written language, domesticated animals, metal tools etc before Sumer, but that is just historical heresy.