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But there are other possible conclusions too: perhaps the sculptor wasn’t really all that talented?
Or maybe it is actually an accurate depiction of a hunter wearing his ‘blending in with the prey‘ stalking camouflage?
So if the words are to be believed we are looking back about forty thousand years. Wow … and we are enjoying a modified mammoth tusk. It took about 400 hours to create this wee one-foot high image; and the supposition is that it is a religious thing. Here, have thee a nice close-up—
—and here’s some of the words that go with it—
Lion Man is the oldest known evidence for religious beliefs and Stadel Cave suggests that believing and belonging have a deep history crucial to human societies and originating long before writing.
Which would be the more reliable ‘passport to Paradise‘—
(a) belief in the redeeming power of Lion Man (above), or
(b) belief in and supplication to Our Lord Jesu Christo etc etc?
(or if you are feeling a bit tetchy you may throw in your own choice of other variations on Salvation—Islam, Judaism, any of the myriad Christian cults/sects/franchises, or of the possibly millions of other gods, goddesses, divinities—down to but not necessarily including saints, demigods and/or angels?)
One can imagine that the devout of the time held the wee Lion Man in much the same awe as todays devout hold crucifixes and other holy stuff. Does the validity of Jesus etc nullify the ancients, so they were—although doing the best they could with what they had at the time—worshipping false gods? Doomed to eternal damnation and hellfire for not being Christian?
did they have it right and our modern Christians, Jews, Islamics and other religionists are all doomed to the eternal flames instead?
Can both be right?
Even though our modern religions claim exclusivity, whilst all others are false?
IF WE APPLY
Occam’s razor I’d have to say that all of them are false. No? But wait, there’s another outsider in the race …
… what if it’s just an ordinary everyday snapshot, and those guys really did look like that back then? Brrrrr.
It seems that to an archaeologist everything unknown is a ‘ritual object’. Saves ’em a lot of angst, I guess …
So I said to him “Hey you! Cat face! You had your chance, it’s MY world now!”