The world has evolved around us over millions of years, and we have been led to believe that first there were stone tools and technology increased slowly over millions of years to what it is today.
However, there are many stories from native cultures that go towards complicating what people have come to think of as the truth. There is talk about huge megaliths and ancient space visitors, who have come from almost every corner of the planet.
Statues Revealed Tribal Members Wearing Outfits Of Modern Day Space Suits
The talk came from some of the small islands in the Pacific, but they are not the only examples of primitive tribes showing huge admiration for foreign visitors. It is thought that the phenomenon of the cargo-cult came from deep within the Amazon forest and the Kayapo tribe. Statues have shown a tribal member wearing an outfit of wicker that has been shaped like a modern day space suit and the Kayapo tribe each year celebrates the Bep-Kororoti arrival, otherwise known as the one who comes from the cosmos.
Tribal leaders have talked about a strange man who came from the Pukato-Ti mountain range and who aroused fear among the tribe but then developed a messianic status. The ancient tribal legend states that the people of the village became swept up by the foreigner. This was said to be due to the beauty of his white skin and benevolence toward them. The foreigner was said to have taught them skills that were valuable, and he was far more intelligent than any of the members of the tribe.
Spaceman Left The Tribe Amid Smoke, Clouds, and Thunder
Legend suggests that Bep-Kororoti had an attack of madness one day and he began to scream and would not let anyone close to him. The stranger then went to the foot of the mountain, and the tribe saw him escape to the heavens in an explosion that made everything shake around them. The story said that he disappeared in flame, smoke, clouds, and thunder and the earth moved to the degree that saw the plants and trees being uprooted and the jungle was destroyed. It was said that the animals from the jungle disappeared and the tribe was left hungry with nothing to hunt.
Joao Americo Peret, an ethnologist, interviewed the elders of an aboriginal community in 1952 and they gave affirmation of the same story. The cargo cult was based around an actual being, and modern investigators began to wonder what type of person would go to the jungle Mato Grosso in a remote period wearing a space suit and being capable of magic. The Kayapo tribe said that the man could knock down an animal simply by touching it.
The Bep-Kororoti tribe did not seem to be the humanitarian-minded type that the Tanna of Vanuatu tribe adored. Even stranger was the space suit design that was part of the memorial ceremony as it did not exist at any space agency around the world. The departure of the astronaut amid smoke, light, and thunder does make one think about a modern jet engine. The aborigines said that the propulsion was made by what they thought to be branches and the ship was camouflaged in a tree. The legend suggests that the man from space sat in the special tree and then moved the branches. They also said that he made an explosion and the tree then disappeared.
Dogon Tribe from Mali Had Great Knowledge About Star Systems
One of the fascinating manifestations of the cargo cult phenomenon can be found exhibited by the Dogon tribe from Mali. They did not give the same treatment to their foreign visitor, but they did receive a great deal of knowledge that was said to be a miracle.
Marcel Griaule, an anthropologist from France, lived with the Dogon tribe for more than 17 years and he was told a story that was amazing. The tribal elders were said to have told him a secret that they guarded closely, even not telling most of the community they lived in.
The leaders said that Nommo, who was a half-human and half-fist, founded a civilization on Earth. While the Dogon were a primitive culture, they had an understanding of the solar system that was said to be profound. The elders said that Nommo had told them about the four moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and spiral form of the Milky Way. They were said to know about the lunar environment and know about the planets moving around the sun.
The tribe elders knew about orbits, densities, and sizes of the stars in the Sirius system and gave confirmation about Sirius A, B, and C along with knowing about things that science had only just recognized. It was not until 1995 that Sirius C was discovered, however, for hundreds of years prior the Dogon tribe knew of its existence and understood it in details.
Some scientists have suggested that the Dogon tribe could have had recent contact with an astronomer and he gave them the details, and then they added them on to the fairy tale. But this explanation does not serve the interest in finding out the truth, it could, however, be protecting the fairy tale culture of our own in that we live in one of the most technically advanced societies ever to be known.
Archaeology Dig In Spain Yields Prehistoric ‘Crystal Weapons’
How do you feel when you see a beautiful crystal? Perhaps the perfection of the diamond, or the vivid colors of the different gems are your thing? The fact is that people have been fascinated by crystals ever since they had first discovered them.
The names of the gems come from ancient cultures which were pretty much obsessed with them, adding them to their jewelry, kitchenware and weapons.
Do you know that even the Bible describes the new Jerusalem after the apocalypse built all in gems and crystals?
An archaeology dig in Spain shows that crystals were an object of fascination and ritual even back in the 3rd millennium BC. At the site of Valencina de la Concepción, archaeologists uncovered a number of shrouds decorated with amber beads and they also found a “remarkable set” of ‘crystal weapons’.
The Monterilio tholos, excavated between 2007 and 2010, is “a great megalithic construction…which extends over 43.75 m in total.” It has been constructed out of large slabs of slate and served as a burial site.
The period in which this site was built was well known for the excavation of metals from the ground, and where there is excavation – there can also be crystals. In the case with the Monterilio tholos, the people there found a way to shape the quartz crystals into weapons.
However, the spot where these crystals were uncovered is not associated with rock crystal deposits, so it means that these crystals were imported from somewhere else.
The rock crystal source used in creating these weapons has not been pinpointed, but two potential sources have been suggested, “both located several kilometers away from Valencina.”
As the academic paper which focuses on these crystal weapons states, the manufacture of the crystal dagger “must have been based on accumulation of transmitted empirical knowledge and skill taken from the production of flint dagger blades as well from know-how of rock-crystal smaller foliaceous bifacial objects, such as Ontiveros and Monterilio arrowheads.”
The exact number of ‘crystal weapons’ found in the site has been estimated to “10 crystal arrowheads, 4 blades and the rock crystal core of the Monterilio tholos.”
Interestingly enough, although the bones of 20 individuals were found in the main chamber, none of the crystal weapons can be ascribed to them. The individuals had been buried with flint daggers, ivory, beads, and other items, but the crystal weapons were kept in separate chambers.
These crystal weapons could have had ritualistic significance and were most probably kept for the elite. Their use was perhaps closely connected to the spiritual significance they possessed. Indeed, many civilizations have found crystals as having a highly spiritual and symbolical significance.
The paper states that “they probably represent funerary paraphernalia only accessible to the elite of this time-period. The association of the dagger blade to a handle made of ivory, also a non-local raw material that must have been of great value, strongly suggests the high-ranking status of the people making use of such objects.”
Malapa skeletons are the same hominin species
Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Brett Eloff
Anthropologists have published the results of a new study in to two fossil skeletons found in South Africa.
The skeletons, which were unearthed in 2008 at the fossil site of Malapa within the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site near Johannesburg, belong to an early hominin known as Australopithecus sediba.
More complete than the famous ‘Lucy’ specimen from Ethiopia, the skeletons were of a young male and adult female – both believed to be somewhere around two million years old.
For a time, it wasn’t even clear that the two belonged to the same species, but now, following a decade of research in to the finds, researchers have concluded that they are indeed the same.
The study has also revealed more about what these early hominins may have been like.
“Our interpretations in the papers suggest that A. sediba was adapted to terrestrial bipedalism, but also spent significant time climbing in trees, perhaps for foraging and protection from predators,” wrote New York University anthropologist Scott Williams.
“This larger picture sheds light on the lifeways of A. sediba and also on a major transition in hominin evolution, that of the largely ape-like species included broadly in the genus Australopithecus to the earliest members of our own genus, Homo.”
Source: Heritage Daily
Ancient Roman Cemetery is Full of Mysterious Headless Skeletons
In England, excavations for developments of the housing kind often lead to developments of the archeological kind. While digging holes for foundations in the tiny old town of Great Whelnetham, Suffolk, in eastern England, construction workers found a Roman-era cemetery with a macabre mystery … many of the skeletons were headless, with the skull placed either between the knees, between the feet or even under a knee. Criminals? Vampires? Anti-development zombies? Something worse?
“The incisions through the neck were post-mortem and were neatly placed just behind the jaw. An execution would cut lower through the neck and with violent force, and this is not present anywhere.”
Archeologist Andrew Peachey of Archaeological Solutions, an independent archaeological contractor providing archaeological monitoring and research for urban excavations, was called in by developer Havebury Housing Partnership to investigate the cemetery, which contained 52 skeletons of which 17 had their heads removed and placed elsewhere. Seventeen more were “deviant” burials where the skeleton was face down or in a fetal position. There were also 4 skulls with no bodies. (Photos of the remains can be seen here.) The rest of the bodies were placed with heads intact in the usual face-up burial position. Peachey’s initial analysis determined that the cemetery was from the 4th century CE and that the headless bodies were not the result of executions.
“This appears to be a careful funeral rite that may be associated with a particular group within the local population, possibly associated with a belief system (cult) or a practice that came with a group moved into the area.”
But what kind of cult? Peachey tells the East Anglian Daily Times that headless burials such as these are extremely rare in Britain. He also pointed out a second mystery – the deceased appeared to be healthy when they died. Most were middle-aged or older (with a few children under 10) and in good shape.
“They were well nourished, and several had very robust upper arms/bodies consistent with a working agricultural population.”
Peachey proposes that they could have been slaves or a labor force brought in to work the fields, but the care used in the removal of the heads and their placement suggests these were members of the community and buried with respect. He has no explanation for why they died so healthy – although many had dental problems, most had healed, and evidence of tuberculosis was common in 4th century agrarian communities, so they weren’t killed by the disease nor beheaded postmortem to prevent them from rising and spreading the disease again.
The people of the Pacific island of Kiribati exhume their dead and remove their skulls to be displayed as sign of reverence in hopes the spirit will protect them. Could a similar culture or cult in 4th century England had a similar practice?
Not surprisingly, the remains have been removed to a local museum and the development is expected to be completed in July. While the skeletons and detached skulls are being analyzed for more information on the who’s and why’s of the strange burial practice, people will soon be living where they laid undisturbed for centuries. Would you want to move right in or wait for the explanation?
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