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But most pre-judaeochristian gods lived underground or in trees, which is far more logical.
Where did they get the idea of a sky fairy from, unless they had indeed been visited by one?
Quote from: alancalverdBut most pre-judaeochristian gods lived underground or in trees, which is far more logical.Where did you get that from? In all my religious studies I don't recall that.
It fits in with the religions of tribes which had not had contact with civilisations imposing later gods on them. The old gods were spirits that lived in caves, trees, animals, the wind, water, etc.
I'm not sure it was any more logical, ...
...but it was more direct than ...
While that may be interesting its not relevant to this thread since the Nazca lines were created well after the creation of Judeo-Christian religions.
They were created before they had any contact with Judeo-Christian religions, so your objection is not relevant.
The principal Nazca god seems to have been the Oculate Being who is represented in art as a flying deity figure wearing strings of trophy-heads.
"Seems to have been" is a good historian's phrase, indicating that what follows is prejudice and guesswork.
Invalid predictions include such nonsense as jccc's insistence that atoms are held together by magic because electrostatics would make them collapse.
I wouldn't class all invalid predictions as pseudoscience ...
Likewise jccc's collapsing atoms.
Pseudoscience is a claim, belief or practice which is falsely presented as scientific, but does not adhere to a valid scientific method, cannot be reliably tested, or otherwise lacks scientific status.
Pseudoscience, a term coined by Martin Gardner, refers to a certain category of theories, systems, and explanations, which though claiming to be "scientific," in fact use only the trappings of genuine science and avoids all the rigors of the checks and balances of the scientific method or the scrutiny of disinterested experts.
He's got a good point, I think. These images were only visible from the air, so it's obvious that aliens were the intended audience.
Quote from: David CooperHe's got a good point, I think. These images were only visible from the air, so it's obvious that aliens were the intended audience.Are you serious?
I hope you don't think I was being serious!
First of all we can't know what the Nazca Indians thought of any beings in the sky.
we can't legitimately claim that they thought they were aliens because that's a very modern idea.
All they could conceive of them being were spirits in the sky and not aliens.
However there are plenty of reasons to assume that they were directed to the beings that they worshipped
I doubt that they'd just make up something that complex and tell everyone to start worshiping the beings they created an idea of.
I'm still with you on debunking pseudoscience! My favourite targets are devices that protect you from the harmful electromagnetic radiation of your mobile phone.
So let's stick to the facts. There are enormous drawings, of considerable graphic precision, that are only visible from the air. Why?
I don't necessarily think viewing them was the purpose.
Originally these were considered to be war trophies collected from distant tribes, but recent DNA analysis shows that the heads came from the Nazca population itself, suggesting that the motive was religious in nature.
Likely related to the arid and extreme nature of the environment, Nazca religious beliefs were based upon agriculture and fertility. Much of Nazca art depicts powerful nature gods, such as the mythical killer whale, the harvesters, the mythical spotted cat, the serpentine creature, and the most prevalent of worshiped figures, the anthropomorphic mythical being.
. Just because it was discovered doesn't exclude the possibility that the skill was subsequently lost. Concrete evidence
Why is Stonehenge considered a wonder of prehistoric Archistructure it was pretty crude compared to what was being built in Egypt at about the same time.No one has built a pyramid using the labour intensive techniques that were used in Pharonic times for the same reasons that manned trips to Mars have not taken place, the money cannot be allocated!
Another idea has to do with a quality of the stones themselves: Researchers from the Royal College of Art in London have discovered that some of the monument’s stones possess “unusual acoustic properties” —when they are struck they respond with a “loud clanging noise”. According to Paul Devereux, editor of the journal Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture, this idea could explain why certain bluestones were hauled nearly 200 miles — a major technical accomplishment at the time.