The ‘law-keepers’ of any tribe of folk are responsible for keeping track of certain kinds of information that the tribe is built upon, where several folk know certain facts unto themselves and pieces of each other’s; and there is always an initiate or few to each who is also learning the facts about tribal life, for one day they might be a law-keeper and know their craft explicitly, while also knowing some of an other’s.
We can’t help but be associated with flora, fauna or a natural force in our identity because of what is in our surroundings that we can see ourselves in, which gives over a dual-reason for having totems: that which we respect in some way; that which benefits our survival. An example of respect is ‘People of the Mountain’ for those whom live at or near a mountain that has legends about its detrimental or beneficial past, and those people somehow know certain secrets about the mountain which are quite impressive to the average Joe when alerts of doom or glory are announced before they occur. An example of benefit is a particular animal or plant that offers particular survival practices to a people, and they adore it in like-fashion as being something they utilise or something they keep at arm’s length, and in that fashion, impress the average Joe also.
And there is nothing like having something of your totem upon you if you’re going to interact with or represent your totem in some kind of ritual. The most basic ritual is hunting and gathering, and certainly one person knows all about the tricks to that, from being aware of the seasons and what things do at certain times of the year, to mimicking certain things in order to acquire them after making them do what you need them to. Several persons combined would know all about everything in as much of the surroundings as they partake of, spread between them according to edibles, mendicants and poisons; easy-to-get to nearly-impossible to get; good and bad campsites; familial ties; legends of their elders and their trials and tribulations; etc...all so things don’t cross lines they shouldn’t. The next most basic ritual is different and involves an awareness of belonging to-and-in the landscape, both in the environment as a whole, and in ties to tribal members as opposed to non-tribal members. Having a certain totem identifies one with something specific in the area or far from, and has its appropriate attention because of.
After all that, having a relic from some 400k years ago which infers totemic practices means our connection to the landscape was more pronounced in our psyche than is possible to accept. It infers a great capacity for communication of knowledge, and we haven’t yet come across skeletal remains which supports a great capacity for verbal communication needing vocal dexterity. One can only get so far with body language and a limited vocal range.
Our limited collection of ancestral relics hints more-so that we did undertake a leap in evolution some 60-70,000 years ago, while campfires show another leap some 140,000+ years ago...but that one’s not certain. What is certain is that the more we could safeguard ourselves against the climate by utilising things from our surroundings, the more we could explore and discover. And other than pure curiosity, following our totem or discovering our totem some place else just adds to our ‘name’.
Well, I don’t think you can connect something from 400K years ago to something 30k years ago as having the same reference in some way...not unless communication can be proved...a Black Swan Theory in its way.
I would rather test environments for mind-affective substances that are seasonally available, and where certain Denisovan remains are found, which may hint at the routes ancestral-Denisovans went in their singular evolution as opposed to every other lineage of folk at the time. Sure, their handiwork supports new styles of representing one’s self in leading a way into artistic representation, but we don’t know what they were thinking...we glimpse parts of those thoughts in the work of others that have come down to us in subsequent guises, but we just can’t be sure. Australian Aborigines have a lot and we sure can see a great deal of science in their stuff, especially when we consider that what has not been lost accounts for a great deal of experience and curiosity about everything.
They do reflect cultural moires of a time when... Specific of them are well-linked to Denisovans… Do shamanistic practices continue here?… And yes, there are naturally-occurring, mind-affecting substances in Australia which certain Men of High Degree partake of to enhance their connection to their totem or the landscape. That’s not different to any cultural leader anywhere in the world who do the same in their way.
I’m wondering if there is any possible route between Qesem Cave to Denisova Cave and, what’s that other cave where certain seeds were found?...that was seasonally viable for what is available. They’re the oldest, supporting sites, yes?