Somewhere in our distant past something happened. What we do not know exactly and about the how we do not too much either. What we do know is that this development resulted in some of this world’s most precious treasures. The date range spanning this period and the creation these treasures is extensive; the earliest records of art can be found from as early as 32 000 BC, the statutes that might depict the Mother Goddess from 24 000 – 22 000 BC and then a dramatic “evolutionary” event around 13 000 – 11 000 BC.

Most, if not all, of the remnants of these times are in the form of cave paintings and sculptures; all of it dates from long before writing was developed. We do not know what purpose or role these ancient artefacts fulfilled or what the purpose or role the creation of it fulfilled.

What we do know is that many of these paintings are in places that were not used for accommodation and that most of the paintings and statutes have an “other worldly” feel. The prevalent, scientific opinion is that these artefacts were used in religious rituals of sort. These rituals might have been to ease the passing of the deceased, the influencing of the seasons, preparation for the hunt and the celebration of important life phases.

Although we do not know too much about the how and why; we can deduct with safety and conviction that from the earliest time human beings celebrated their spirituality in the shape of some or other religious expression. It seems that from the earliest self awareness, (wo)man also celebrated an awareness of something “other”.

It is only recently that human beings have started to reject their spirituality, starting juxtapose religion against reality as an intellectual achievement. It seems that with all our knowledge and technological advances, in our quest to be the masters of our universe, we have regressed to be the puppets of our own needs, wants and lusts.

Religion is human reality. Denying this is likely to deny that humans need a certain mixture of air to breath and a certain cleanliness of water to drink. Denying it is to deny ourselves.

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