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Decoding the Ancient Secrets of White Shaman


Science & Tech  (tags: archaeology, concept, discovery, humans, investigation, research, science, study )

Kit
- 786 days ago - discovermagazine.com
Rock paintings near the Rio Grande contain hidden
messages about a mysterious 4,000-year-old religion. Now one archaeologist has learned to read them.



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pam w. (191)
Friday July 27, 2012, 12:23 am
Interesting, isn't it? We've had that human creation called "RELIGION" for thousands of years!

Just bunk, of course.....because we're scared of the dark!
 

Terrie Williams (769)
Friday July 27, 2012, 7:59 am
What Pam said! ;)
 

Scarlett P. (126)
Friday July 27, 2012, 8:31 am
Creation is not a religion... It is a loving act of God
 

Frank S. (456)
Friday July 27, 2012, 1:46 pm
Organized religion seems to me, to be like a bit of a shell game. In the sense that you have to find out what lies under each one. You see in front of you many roads, but like in the shell game, there can only be one true way. Then In the end of life we each have made a choice, “of the destination, each one of us chooses to be true, regardless of whether it is the correct choice, or not!” But then the paradox is that unlike a shell game where it is only a game and you have many chances in life to play, laugh and win; after death there may not be many chances to make the correct choice, after one makes a final choice!

 

Michael T. (82)
Friday July 27, 2012, 4:26 pm
Nor was it used to create guilt and shame in being human.

Scarlet, just go away with your nonsense.

It makes me wonder if they had anything to do with those who later created the Chaco Canyon civilization.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Friday July 27, 2012, 5:10 pm
What a lovely find Kit. I was moved to tears at the end myself when the Shamen was so moved. What a wonderful thing for his eyes to be allowed to see. I'm so glad she took him there, and I'm so glad she spent so many years on this personal journey of her own to read what was said so many years ago. Thank you for placing this on here.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Friday July 27, 2012, 6:03 pm
I highly recommend the read Kit. For historical referance alone. Anyone living on this land is connected to what lies around them, no matter how long ago it was put there. So I for one am glad you placed this on C2 even if few are appreciative or take the time to expand their knowledge base. People cry and are moved when writings were finally able to be read from the dead sea scrolls, or the Egyptian hieroglyphs, these drawings in the caves go back 4,000 years and have lasted through time, were important to a people. The so called Columbus discovered here when we have such wonderful history only undermines why so many find little value in what is already here in North America.
 

Michael T. (82)
Friday July 27, 2012, 6:24 pm
And sadly Kit, by Columbus's visit brought on the elimination of what has been calculated as 90 percent of the indigenous population from the infectious diseases they brought with them. Early colonists are said to wonder why there were so few indigenous peoples around. Imagine the lore and history was lost. We have, instead monuments and inscriptions to decipher.

 

Dandelion G. (381)
Friday July 27, 2012, 6:26 pm
Well said Michael, and thank you.
 

Yvonne White (232)
Friday July 27, 2012, 8:25 pm
I love archaeology!:) Thanks for posting Kit! I love surface hunting artifacts, though the reduction of plowing has greatly reduced the probability of fing anything these days. I live about 80-90 miles from Cahokia, IL. the largest center of the Mississippian culture east of the Mississippi. I've found artifacts ranging from Early Archaic through Late Woodland, with most being Archaic & my favorites are Adena & Hopewell Cultures.. any glimpse into the minds of Ancestral peoples is amazing!:)
 

Darlene B. (290)
Friday July 27, 2012, 10:24 pm
Thank you for the article. BLessings to all.
 

Julia R. (290)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 3:06 am
I really enjoyed the way this article showed how this archeologist solved the mystery of these painted figures and symbols in these large murals as the story of creation and the origin of these people. I also found it fascinating that these cave paintings done 4,000 years ago have such a strong connection to the Huichol, Hopi, and Zapotec tribes whose rituals and beliefs are linked to this rock art of the Lower Pecos. It is amazing how these tribes’ ancestors have been preserved on the walls of these canyons. No wonder, the Huichol Shaman started weeping when he saw these paintings of the creation of the cosmos and the link to his tribe today when he said, “These are my grandfathers’ grandfathers’ grandfathers’ grandfathers."

 

Kerrie G. (135)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 7:43 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Kamila A. (141)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 10:22 am
Thank you Kit. This is fascinating to read, how she deciphered the images.
 

Marlene Dinkins (233)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 2:14 pm
noted veruy interesting article. but i think creation was the act of GOD !!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 3:41 pm
A very interesting article. Thank you.
 

LMj Sunshine (127)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 5:50 pm
Interesting, thank you for sharing!
 

Patricia N. (8)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 10:00 pm
What a great story and what a brave woman Ms Boyd is to make all those trips into that raw environment by herself. And to be so curious she went back to school to be able to solve the mystery. Her story is really amazing. She must be quite a woman. As for the religious part.....well whatever gets youi through the day....as long as someone's idea of creation or gods isn't pushed on others(especially children)....
 

Kenneth Davies (0)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 11:29 am
noted
 

Ron Silver (0)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 11:34 am
noted
 

Phillipa W. (199)
Monday July 30, 2012, 1:58 am
thanks. for something so recent it's amazing it's been completely lost in time
 

Robert Hardy (67)
Monday July 30, 2012, 9:32 am
I really enjoyed this. A connection that is significant... and the proof that adding 'art' to science is a good thing.
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday July 30, 2012, 11:12 am

I'm glad this meets your approval Robert. Both music and art in educational curriculum add to the student's ability to comprehend science and mathematics.
 

june t. (65)
Monday July 30, 2012, 10:43 pm
great article - thanks for sharing
 

Devon Leonard (54)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 2:37 am
Thank you Kit...I loved this story. Fascinating.... When I was 8years old I wanted to be an archaeologist... I love the mystery of life....
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 10:32 am

Archaeology, like astronomy is filled with mysteries and some times answers to our great questions about our past and the vast universe that is our home.
 

John S. (304)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 8:53 am
Thanks, interesting post.
 
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