Here’s an awesome little piece of history:
Archaeologists in the Burnt City have discovered what appears to be an ancient prosthetic eye. What makes this discovery exceptionally awesome is the striking description of how the owner and her false eye would have appeared while she was still alive and blinking:
[The eye] has a hemispherical form and a diameter of just over 2.5 cm (1 inch). It consists of very light material, probably bitumen paste. The surface of the artificial eye is covered with a thin layer of gold, engraved with a central circle (representing the iris) and gold lines patterned like sun rays. The female remains found with the artificial eye was 1.82 m tall (6 feet), much taller than ordinary women of her time. On both sides of the eye are drilled tiny holes, through which a golden thread could hold the eyeball in place. Since microscopic research has shown that the eye socket showed clear imprints of the golden thread, the eyeball must have been worn during her lifetime. The woman’s skeleton has been dated to between 2900 and 2800 BCE.
So she was an extraordinarily tall woman walking around wearing an engraved golden eye patterned with rays like a tiny sun. What an awesome sight that must have been.
SOMEONE DRAW HER PLEASE
CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW AN ANCIENT CRAFTSMAN WAS PRESENTED WITH PEOPLE LOOKING FOR HELP TO NORMALIZE THEIR DISABILITY. AND THEN SAID ‘NAH FUCK THIS WE’RE GOING TO MAKE YOU LOOK BADASS.’
Is there anything about mythology that is really weird or interesting? Well, it's all very interesting, but I mean as in hidden things. Like, maybe evidence of ALIENS or maybe the cameo Noah had in Gilgamesh. Things like that. Have any awesome insights?
Off the top of my head, it’s that everything is playing off everything else.
The “Noah cameo” in the epic of Gilgamesh, for example, is more accurately thought of the other way ‘round. Utnapishtim makes a cameo in the Hebrew Bible, if anything. Buddhism, Hinduism, Egyptian myth, Sumerian myth—the list goes on a long time—they’ve all got deluge myths.
We pass these stories on generation to generation, and use their images in our daily conversations. The stories grow and move with the tellers, and we get arbitrarily different pantheons and religions.
In the same way, images and specific stories appearing at different points and times throughout the history of the world are pointed to by some as evidence of extra terrestrial interference in the lives of our ancestors.
I mean, yeah, sure. It’s possible, but it’s not likely. Wouldn’t it be far more plausible that, rather than an alien race telling the same thing to two different sets of people, particularstories and images existed in the cultural thought-space as a result of diffusion?
Ancient Aliens is a serious problem. Their “proof” is the same proof as bible thumping ultra-creationists’.
As for sweet mythological easter eggs, they all lie in finding these ancient connections. Really, you’ve just gotta read up—they’re all over the place! Here are a few little gems off the top of my head:
The Germanic god Frey may have begun as a proto-Hindu deity in the Indus valley thousands of years before.
The Fomorii in Irish mythology—enemies of the reigning gods, the Tuatha de Danann—may have originally been the early pagan deities of Gaul and Celtic Germania.
The opening lines of the book of Genesis are loaded; in Genesis 1:2, it says something to the effect of (based on the translation) “God moved on the face of the waters.” Some scholars believe that in the original Hebrew, this reflects the triumph of Yahweh in battle over the Sumerian Tiamat, the great primordial goddess of salt water. In the early days of Yahweh/El/El Shaddai, (the god that would eventually morph into the modern Judeo-Christian God) he would not have been seen as the only divine entity, but as the mightiest among his divine Mesopotamian peers.