Early Bronze Age[ edit ] Sumer and Akkad[ edit ] Sumerlocated in southern Mesopotamiais the earliest known civilization in the world.
How did this alluvial geography contribute to their notions of death and the afterlife? In what ways did the rivers, cycle of the sun and other environmental phenomena help construct these ancient cultures view of the journey into the next world? To begin exploring this topic, I will examine a few texts from both cultures regarding rivers, water and boat journeys and attempt to understand the ways in which these bodies of water became a metaphor for the journey into the afterlife.
We start with Egypt. He has been brought back to life; more precisely he is reborn.
This journey after death recounted by The Pyramid Texts 1 reflects the bisection of Egypt by the Nile. The deceased goes west like the setting Sun, crosses the underworld and is then resurrected, rising in the east like the dawn, crossing the sky over the Nile and setting in the west again ad infinitum.
The cyclical patterns of the sun rising and setting are reflected in both the journey of the deceased and the direction of travel leading to resurrection. Models of boats were often included in the tombs of the deceased.
The Nile was a numinous river, a waterway where the divine and the temporal merged, a boundary place where the barrier between worlds was lifted.
Egyptian texts describe other numinous bodies of water as thresholds of death and places affecting the worlds of both gods and mortals. Osiris was killed by Seth on the bank of a river. It seems fitting that a river of life and death could be navigated only by a supernatural being. Mahaf, the pilot of the ferry that carries the dead into the underworld, travels both ways and his ability to do so is reflected in his having two faces; one looking forward and one back.
The supernatural rivers appear in Egyptian text as both barriers and meeting places between people, between worlds and between life and death. Water also divides the temporal and divine worlds in Mesopotamian texts.
In his search for immortality, Gilgamesh arrives at the end of the world and discovers an ocean. Escape from the underworld is, however, not routine.
Rivers appear in the Mesopotamian text as sources of life, boundaries, paths to the underworld and also forces of destruction. The farthest journeys of the ancient world were made by boat.
The cosmologies of these river faring civilizations reflect their dependence on the rivers.
The textual descriptions of how the dead travel to the afterlife, an otherwise distant and inaccessible place, also reflect the reality of river dwelling peoples.Safe to eat?
How did the first peoples know which foods were "safe" to eat?
Babylon: Babylon, one of the most famous cities of antiquity. It was the capital of southern Mesopotamia (Babylonia) from the early 2nd millennium to the early 1st millennium bce and capital of the Neo-Babylonian (Chaldean) empire in the 7th and 6th centuries bce, when it was at the height of its splendour. The pre-history of the Ancient Near East begins in the Lower Paleolithic period. Therein, writing emerged with a pictographic script in the Uruk IV period (ca. 4th millennium BC), and the documented record of actual historical events — and the ancient history of lower Mesopotamia — commenced in the mid-third millennium BC with cuneiform records . Five thousand (5,) years ago, the ancient Egyptian made their home at the mouth of the Nile River, where the Nile runs into the Mediterranean Sea.
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