Saturday, 21 August 2010

Garden of Eden, Cain and Abel and paleo diet

Until recently I have not been aware of the discovery of Göbekli Tepe. It certainly is irrelevant if you are trying to figure out the proportions of micronutrients in the diet, but it helps to see the Civilisation in perspective, along with its dietary component.

In short, Göbekli Tepe is the oldest temple, built ca 12,000 years ago by hunters-gatherers in what is now south-western Turkey. Clearly agriculture was not a prerequisite for religion, architecture and complex social structure.

Here is the story of Göbekli Tepe, and here an even more thought provoking interpretation.

Interesting, that in one of the Sumerian myths one of the gods was supposed to offer Adapa (Adam) "bread of death", which was later adopted in the Genesis as fruit from the tree of life.

4 comments:

  1. How fascinating - I think I'll buy Tom Knox' Genesis Secret.

    The oldest temple ever found, and on the cusp of Neolithic Agriculture!

    Thanks for the post.

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  2. WOW is all I can say!

    It will be interesting to see what another few years' excavation unveils.

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  3. The Daily Mail which this article is sourced from is not know as being the most accurate or honest newspaper. In fact it is more of a sensationalist paper.

    Daily Mail caught fabricating scientific data
    http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2010/02/daily_mail_caught_in_another_l.php

    Daily Mail overview
    http://www.mondotimes.com/1/world/uk/142/4217/10341

    - Ryan

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  4. LeonRover, I was tempted myslef and have read the Genesis Secret. It might be considered a good read, though ghastly and sadistic descriptions are better skipped. But this book gives no insights and the story is just sci-fi.

    But someone could easily write a better, more credible story of why the temple was burried and how food was key. Tom Knox dis not even make the association between agriculture and disease and the fact that the temple was burried, though he knew the evidence!

    I am now reading the source book written by the archeologist in charge of the site. The book is however avaialble only in German:
    http://www.amazon.de/bauten-ersten-Tempel-Steinzeitj%C3%A4ger-arch%C3%A4ologische/dp/3406535003

    Darius,
    I agree, the Daily Hail is crap, but sometimes it is the only paper covering the otherwise important story. Only Daily Hail mentioned Hannah Sutter's book Big Fat Lies (though the level of scientific complexity in this book was just about right for an average Daily Hail reader).

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