I was waiting ...... and you came very quickly with your punctual well prepared with very well articulated
arguments and in an ineccepible (out of any reasonable doubt) time line !
It is not a mistery that often the definition of Temple, Sanctuary or religious figurines or statuettes hasQuote
Having grown up in farm lands when I first saw the pictures of Gobekli Tepe I immediately thought of grain storage despite the claims of mystical temples.
always been named as ""form of religious or sacrality"" words which in our present cultures brought to the
mind the Egyptian, Greek and Roman Mistic Temples......
In short words when we have no clear idea of what we have found, we identify then by what is familiar and at hand.
As you well know in AE the administration of the grains where left and handled by "Priests" who were the
keepers and the dispenser of grains which were stored inside what we called Temple.
If we get out of our "stereotypes" about Religion and Temples / Sanctuary, we can easily see the reality
of the things:
Grains are the source of primary necessity food which people can have during the ""dead season" where the
plants of Barley, Weath and all we identify generally as Cereals looks as they were dead......
So being food indispensable for the life, of course the place of grains storage were seen as "Sacre".
And if we realise that inside such "Temples" were sculptured / depicted on columns or walls images of what
was the life of farnmers, like cattles poultry, livestock along with the enemies of them.... with also
some astronomic indications about the period of seeds, plants growing and crops, it sounds logical that
such places were considered sacred by the populations.
Then the "keepers and dispensers" of grains were who were able to understand the coming and ending the Seasons.... so they were the "sacred specialists" which assured to the population the right time-table of seeding, plants growing and then subsequent crops..... till the storage in proper builded places.
More.... clima changes pushed movements ... let say migration ... of population in search of food.
Then the needs to have somekind of "Army" to defend the land from the "foreign invaders in search of food".
More... there is another question which taking into consideration your point of view, Andy, explains why the ..."Temples"..
were intentionally and properly buried: Repeated drought periods and the consequent radical change in climate pushed
that peoiple to migrate in search of new appropriate places and they "Buried" what was a huge effort of their
ancestors who during flow of times builded such Storeages ""Tamples""... to preserve them in a possible view
of a coming back periods.....
To understand it, needs to not forget that we, human being, do NOT have the capacity to predict of what will be by
the next 100 year, and so in the next millennium.....
Thank you Andy to have brought to the light another (what and for sure will be discussed and polemized)piece
of the big puzzle of our important and forgot past.
Of course that are just my weird toughs of a simple country man.
Nice and bright day
You can not solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that you used to create it.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05-Aug-18 14:03 by Vanya.