What if Neanderthals hadn't become extinct? This is a questions the curators of a Museum in Germany must have asked themselves when they created this exhibit: A Neanderthal in a suit and tie. As many of you may know, research in Archeogenetics has relatively recently revealed that all human beings north of the Sahara desert carry a few percent of Neanderthal DNA in us. So strictly speaking, Neanderthals have never gone extinct but are a part of many of us today. But what do you think modern life would be like if other human species were still around, not just as fragments in our genetic codes? Comment below! #Neanderthals #Neanderthal #Anthropology #Archeology #Human #History #Prehistory #Stoneage #Paleolithic #Mesolithic #Extinction #Museum #Exhibit #Culture #Genetics #DNA #ancestry #Ancestors #Descendant #Descendants https://www.instagram.com/p/CVDURqfNF2z/?utm_medium=tumblr
After helping to create Europe’s forests by bringing favored plants like hazel with them, they continued to manage their landscape with hand tools and fire. Europe was not a pristine wilderness, but a continent of handcrafted nut orchards and semi-wild forest gardens carefully managed for thousands of years. This tracks with common themes around the world: indigenous people in Australia, North and South America, and elsewhere have used fire and specialized hand tools to achieve unprecedented levels of environmental stewardship and management for millennia. Nor was this anything new: humans (and their Neanderthal and Homo heidelbergensis ancestors) have been shaping Europe’s ecology for over 800,000 years. These Mesolithic forest gardens were simply the most recent and nuanced manifestation of an ancient ecological relationship.
Max Paschall, The Lost Forest Gardens of Europe
Here's something that I made during the past trip with my parents to North Carolina. This is an addendum to a previous page that I made regarding a cloak-and-mask ensemble that I wear at my main altar. My mother sent me a little article via Facebook about a headdress being housed in the British Museum, which gave me the idea to look into the concept a little further and take these notes. I indeed wanted to look further into the elements in the real world behind what you might have seen among neopagans and fantasy artists.
"“We cannot read their minds,” says Martinón-Torres, “but in a way, by burying someone you are prolonging the life of that person. You are saying, I don’t want to let you go completely. This is one of the things that makes us unique: awareness of death, awareness of life.”"
*CW: Photos of human skeletal remains of a child.
Made an almost perfect microlith blade with my mattock at work!
Earliest Traces Of Spirituality In Germanic Territory
We know that the Germanic people had an elaborate pantheon of Gods and rituals but most of the Germanic spirituality came from much older sources. The Gods as we know them, have their origins with the Proto-Indo European people but certain spiritual habits, like ancestor worship and the belief in nature spirits, was already practiced by the neolithic people inhabiting later Germanic territories.
One of the oldest finds that can possibly be linked with a spiritual practice, are the red deer antler skulls that have been uncovered in Bedburg, Germany. Two modified antler skulls have been found at an early mesolithic site which dates back to around 9700BC. These skulls have been modified as such as they could be used as a headdress.
Now we can't of course be exactly sure if these antlers were used for ritualistic purposes but some historians agree that they were possibly used by ancient shamans. If this is indeed the case, that makes these deer skulls the oldest trace that we have of a shamanic spiritual practice. They could also have been worn as normal attire by a hunter or tribe chief but wearing big antlers on your head seems counterproductive for the hunt.
What further encourages the belief that they were used for a ritualistic purpose, are some several other finds from the late Paleolithic and early Mesolithic era. A few examples are the lion man sculpture (Germany 35,000BC), dancing men engraved on a rock (The Netherlands 9,000BC), Sorcerer cave painting (France 13,000BC), antler headdress (England, 9,000BC)
All these finds represent some form of metamorphic man/animal being. The bond between nature and humans, man and animal is very important in animistic societies. If we picture ourselves how a shaman would look like, most of you would probably imagine a man dressed in animal skins with most likely either a bear pelt on his head or antlers, it reminds us of the modern day band Heilung.
For whatever reason these objects were used by our paleolithic and mesolithic ancestors, they are quite unique in nature and they set our imagination free on how these ancestors of ours lived in harmony with nature.
Here are photos of:
Bedburg antler headdress, Germany
Yorkshire antler headdress, England
Löwenmensch statue, Germany
Danseres van Geldrop and Danser van Wanssum, The Netherlands
Sorcerer cave painting, France
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Shiva lingams, since human have been erecting stones.
Verticality is not a phallic symbol, but the essence of transcendance, binding Mother Earth to father Sky. God made humans vertical so they could see the sky and elevate, being themselves transcendant.
Don’t just crawl on the mud, stand up, and achieve your Divine essence.