You will recall my post 114 containing a video interview on Derek Gilbert’s blog, and his plan to publish a book this Spring, which would offer significant insights into the global context of the Ubaid cultural phenomena and their evolution through the Uruk into the mature Sumerian civilization. That book, The Great Inception, has been published. As anticipated in the last post, I have now read it, and published the following review in Goodreads.
You will recall that we, in this blog, found mankind was sacrificing fellow humans, consistent with local religious beliefs, as soon as they began to enjoy the advantages of the Neolithic Revolution. We found clear evidence of this behavior in Mesopotamia and Egypt in the 3rd millennia B.C., and in MesoAmerica and the South American West Coast no later than the last millennia B.C. We believe this monstrous behavior started earlier than the evidence we have seen in earlier posts–but we’ll stick with the factual findings.
Derek Gilbert’s book, mentioned above, develops a very plausible hypothesis regarding how civilizations around the globe came to practice different religious forms of the same monstrous evil at similar stages of development. It is very hard for me to believe that such simultaneous and synchronized behavior as he describes was just a coincidence. Sacrificing humans to seemingly similar gods is not an idea that comes naturally. I’ve given you a lead, but you must think this through for yourself.
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R. E. J. Burke