We have found Neandertal burials with ritual objects included in the graves.<quoted text>What the destinations are like - can *only* be a product of mans imagination. And we would naturally attempt to relate to it in some way possible like volcanoes and what not.
What I think is most intriguing is the concept of an afterlife. And that was more or less what I was getting at... an afterlife and with 2 contrasting destinations.
I wondered WHY at some point man buried their dead, but those before them did not. And curiously, its *about* the same time speech (could have) developed.
I mean, why did it become 'normal' to bury the dead, as opposed to encourage animals to feed off our remains as some 'honorable' deed. Burial is not natural, but feeding is. Right?
I think it is this seemingly natural objection to what happens to our remains is what triggered mans intrigue of an afterlife. After years of creative thought added,'leaders' ran with it when they found they could control others with it.
Probably started off with an idea like;
'Don't piss me off, or I won't bury you very deep and I let everyone see your rotting flesh and be disgusted at you.'
For one to fear this happening could be called 'hell'.
If they were content, having peace of mind that they would be buried deep, could be called 'heaven'. But later misunderstood as afterlife destinations.
This makes more sense how religion originates and is so wide spread.
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#444 Nov 1, 2009
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#445 Nov 2, 2009
I suspect elephants would have had such things, if elephants understood ownership of objects.
They certainly display behaviors that appear to be mourning of their dead.
#446 Nov 3, 2009
I think they were a lot smarter than you give them credit for
#447 Nov 3, 2009
They didn't start getting dumb until religion took ahold
#448 Nov 3, 2009
I had a couple of piglets I was going to butcher, My mistake was to let the second pig see me kill his sister. I don't know about mournful but he knew what death was. He left just as fast as he could. It gave me a new out look on mans superiority over animals
#449 Nov 3, 2009
I think you are right. They visit the death scene on a yearly basis. I do not know if it is a fact, but I have read they have a place where they go when they are on the edge of death. I doubt this but it does cause me to wonder. Anyone that has had two dogs knows each one will have a different character.
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