Sunday, August 19, 2018

the haziest notions....................

Cave of  Hands

"Instead of erecting mountains of theory over a molehill of tomb relics, cave paintings and bone statuettes, it is better to be frank and admit that we have only the haziest notions about the religions of ancient foragers.  We assume that they were animists, but that's not very informative.  We don't know which spirits they prayed to, which festivals they celebrated, or which taboos they observed.  Most importantly, we don't know what stories they told.  It's one of the biggest holes in our understanding of human history."

-Yuval Noah Harari,  Sapiens:  A Brief History of Humankind

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