Sounds like the birth of formal religion

Posted: August 31, 2010 in Religion

“Some 12,000 years ago in a small sunlit cave in northern Israel, mourners finished the last of the roasted tortoise meat and gathered up dozens of the blackened shells. Kneeling down beside an open grave in the cave floor, they paid their last respects to the elderly dead woman curled within, preparing her for a spiritual journey. They tucked tortoise shells under her head and hips and arranged dozens of the shells on top and around her. Then they left her many rare and magical things—the wing of a golden eagle, the pelvis of a leopard, and the severed foot of a human being…”  Here. Hey, can you imagine arriving at the Pearly Gates with somebody’s foot? They’re probably still talking about that one up there.

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