ISIS continues to destroy ancient archaeological sites “in the name of religion”(but of course) and they are doing such a good job at it that what remains is, frankly, GARBAGE! Nothing like using explosives to destroy these valuable sites but, hey, it’s all in the name of religion so it must be A-OK, right?
This pack of barbaric throwbacks (and I’m being nice here as I have some other names for them) latest escapade comes from near Mosul at the ancient site of Nineveh. In 2014 when ISIS took over Mosul these ignorant throwbacks (being nice again) rigged the Nabi Younus Shrine which is the traditional burial site of the biblical prophet Jonah, of “Jonah and the whale” fame, with explosives and blew it up! Now what is so hypocritical about this is that Jonah is considered a prophet in Islam as he is in Christendom and Judaism yet they have destroyed his burial shrine as the ISIS throwbacks in their esteemed and absolute ignorance destroyed the site believing is promoted “idolatry.” In fact, this is their patent excuse for destroying all of the antiquities in Iraq, Syria, or anywhere else they can!
Jonah before the Walls of Nineveh by Rembrandt 1655
Oh but wait! Since Iraqi and coalition forces have taken back control of Mosul we now find that “mysteriously” ISIS prior to blowing this site up dug tunnels SEARCHING FOR ARTIFACTS so they could SELL THEM on the global market to fund their MURDER MACHINE! Hmmm……I guess these sites of “idolatry” are A-OK as long as ISIS is finding artifacts they can sell to fund their murder spree but once no artifacts are found any longer then the sites become “sinful.” LOL what a LOAD OF HYPOCRISY!! Frankly, I’m 100% certain that it is ISIS that are the INFIDELS! Continue Reading
Yesterday I blogged about a people known as the Yanomamo and today I want to blog about a people who live in the deep Amazon Rainforest known as the Jivaro. The Yanomamo are a violent people who esteem war but the Jivaro are even more violent. It is estimated that among the Jivaro 60% of their men die in battles even though modern changes are leading to some other ways for them to settle their differences.
The Jivaro are most well known for their head shrinking abilities which they have apparently been doing since the dawn of time. In the time of the Inca Empire the Jivaro refused to submit to Inca rule and during the Spanish conquest they refused to submit as well as they finally revolted violently and fought every attempt thereafter preventing the Spanish from ever fully subjecting them. These are a fierce people and violence seems to be a norm among them.
Back in 1599 the Jivaro killed 25,000 white settlers in raids they waged against two settlements. The cause? The Spanish decided to tax the Jivaro on their gold trade! This inflamed the Jivaro who are a proud independent people who submit to no one. Warriorship is highly esteemed among the Jivaro as it is among the Yanomamo still today. A man is not simply a man but a warrior and males take great pride in their skills and conquests as warriors.
The Jivaro are fierce and during the time of their revolt against the Spanish tax on their gold trade they captured a visiting Spanish Governor whom they knew to have unscrupulous practices and a greed for gold that astounded the Jivaro. So they captured him and poured molten gold down his throat until his bowels broke open! They then killed the remaining Spanish settlers including women and children except for the younger women which they took as captives for use as mates. This is but one example of how fierce the Jivaro can be but there are many more tales along this line to be told.
The Jivaro live in several communities and each community is independent just like those of the Yanomamo. And like the Yanomamo also each village wars against the other at times, in fact, often. During times of peace in Jivaro culture there is no chieftain but when war erupts the people of the village choose a chieftain to lead them in war. They choose older men with experience in killing many other men. These “war chieftains” also must be men who have captured many heads of the enemy. Not only is war made upon neighboring tribes but the Jivaro also sometimes make war within their tribes along family lines. War seems to be their way of settling most differences even within families. Continue Reading
The Yanomamo are a tribal people living in the lowland forests of South America. Yanomamo culture is one culture that eats parts of the bodies of their dead relatives or sometimes they mix the ashes of their dead relatives with water and drink it. This can be termed “Mortuary Cannibalism.” It is intended to allow the dead to remain part of the living. For the Yanomamo and for some other lowland forest people in South America not consuming the ashes of the dead is considered very unkind and insensitive!
Today there are estimated to be about 35,000 or so Yanomamo living in 200-250 scattered villages near the borderlands of Brazil and Venezuela. Their name comes from their word “yanomami” which means “human being.” These people were first reported in 1759 by the Spanish explorer Apolinar Diaz de la Fuente when he encountered the Ye’Kuana people on the Padamo River. In his writing about them he notes how a Uramanavi chieftain told him he and his people had traveled the Orinoco to its headwaters to make war against a people known as the Guaharibo Indians (aka: Yanomami). The chieftain told Diaz that these people were not very brave and would make friends with any kind of Indian.
The Yanomamo do NOT recognize themselves as a united people but rather as individuals associated with their villages which are autonomous. These villages are grouped together based on kinship, similarities, and military alliances. Mature males hold most of the political and religious authority among the Yanomamo. Each village is headed by a “tuxwana” who is the “headman” of “chief.”
The Yanomamo have a tendency toward acting violently towards other tribes and towards each other. Anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon described them as living in a state of chronic warfare. Other accounts also portray them as violent and warlike. Violence is one of the leading causes of death in Yanomamo culture. Yanomamo tribes raid other tribes and they often rape women and beat them. Wives are allowed to be beaten as the male sees fit and they are allowed to brand their women. These things are seen in Yanomamo culture as showing a man’s dominance and strength over his wife. Further, Yanomamo males will often kill children in their raids on enemy villages.
When Chagnon first encountered the Yanomamo anthropology still held the idea of the “noble savage” which was the belief that tribal people lived in peace and harmony with one another but Chagnon proved that was far from being the truth! Further, almost all wars among the Yanomamo are over women and the males are highly concerned about their status. Males have a code of honor in Yanomamo culture and it seems that the most fierce and the one with the most women are on top of the culture. Young males with many connections to older males tend to rise in the culture quickly while those with few older male connections do not.
Far from being the club carrying brutes we’ve made them out to be a woman named Barbara King asks if Neanderthals were religious on Dr John Hawk’s weblog. King things Neanderthals contemplated in some ways the “mysteries of life.”
Dr Hawks says he has come to believe that “the recognition of morality and cultural practices associated with death may be among the deepest behavioral aspects of human evolutionary history.” Dr Hawks is a Paleoanthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (see link below).
Personally, I think Neanderthals did have some concept on a afterlife as evidenced by some of their burials with flowers, etc. I do NOT believe Neanderthals were the club carrying brutes we’ve made them out to be! These were intelligent ancient human ancestors who survived in some harsh climates and survival takes intelligence! The ignorant die quickly when survival is at stake.