Sunday, 28 May 2017

(197) Homo naledi is the game changer of human religion

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This blog is dedicated to the development of human religion from animal sexuality.

Our model ended up with the following classification in religious stages:


The Rising Star Cave might be the first registered attempt of early Hominins to protect dead bodies from scavengers and other decay within a religious setting. It were dead bodies sleeping forever or waiting for renewal by rebirth. Dead bodies from Homo naledi, who came from the animal world and was on the verge of humanity. Did we accidentally hit the transition of animal religion to human religion? I think we did.

Are we on the verge of a major breakthrough in our thinking about religion. Yes, we are.

And do we grasp the importance of 'entombing' the dead in caves by these half-Australopiths? Not quite. Mankind has no idea that the importance of the finds of Homo naledi stretches much further than the dispute about the place of this subspecies in the human family tree. If Homo naledi really had 'religion' then human religion must be derived from animal religion too, which has serious consequences for the concept of 'God', which then comes down to the Alpha male of primate groups:

As mentioned before, we developed a simple theory which orders religious stages on the basis of intellectual complexity. This model starts far back in the animal world (see addendum). Therefore, we can pin Homo naledi at some religious level. That might be reincarnation or rebirth since he is a border case. But there is more. From the way how Homo naledi treated his dead we may infer he must have believed in rebirth. BTW, rebirth is more rational than reincarnation for it does not to require a soul. But of course, both are based on magical thinking.

With reincarnation it does not matter where the dead are disposed. They can even be eaten by scavengers since the soul already left the body. Animals never developed the concept of 'soul', though some believe in the afterlife. If there is no concept of soul then the only possibility for revival is the own body: rebirth. A much simpler concept.

The more proof we find that Homo naledi tried to protect the dead from scavengers and decay, the more this indicates rebirth and no reincarnation. So we must conclude, Homo naledi did not yet go through the sound barrier of human religion:

And now we understand better the big difference between simply burying the dead in the ground and the disposal of dead bodies in extremely difficult accessible places as the Rising Star Cave. The first treatment just shows respect to the deceased, but the second is overdone and absurd and must be qualified as 'religion' and as 'rebirth'. 

And now we are on the way to fitting a model. Now we can reconstruct the motivation of Homo naledi (3,2 Ma - 335 ka; 550 cc) to this behavior. 

This abnormal way of disposal of the dead raises the following questions:

- Why the dead were placed as far as possible under the ground? Dinaledi chamber and Lesedi chamber were at the lowest points of the cave. This means Homo naledi checked all connections of the cave in the first place. They likely developed maps of caves which they engraved somewhere on flat rocks outside the cave.

- Why this place had an open air canal with the outside world? Unlike normal graves it had to be possible to breathe if the dead were sleeping for ever or were busy with rebirth. That's also why it was no option to bury them in the ground. They perceived earlier the dead were never reborn when simply buried. And with rebirth they never checked decay because that would place distrust in God. So, they developed a theory the deceased had to get oxygen all the time in the cemetery. Also it must be completely dark for the God of Darkness and He lived as deep as possible under the ground in the Underworld. So they had no other choice than to find the deepest caves with air ventilation. There must be numerous cave-cemeteries in the Cradle of Mankind. We must try to find the deepest places.

- Why the chamber was not closed from the outside worldIn Egypt the soul of the pharaohs had to escape through a narrow canal, but further their tombs were barricaded. But with rebirth the graves definitely must not be closed, since reborn ancestors must be able to leave the cave again.

- So, they could not barricade the chambers, but they were very clever and searched only for those chambers which were nearly undetectable. They must have been highly intelligent and really brilliant creatures. They searched for the DEEPEST, the DARKEST and MOST UNDETECTABLE chambers but with an OPEN CONNECTION with the Upper world. So far everything points perfectly to rebirth.

- The dead needed oxygen. That's very likely a reason once more not to use fire in the caves for not to waste oxygen. Then the dead could always breathe. Homo naledi developed a complete concept for rebirth and was a very good and systematic thinker. He also knew that fire wastes oxygen.

- Why were the chambers without any incident light? Well, that happens if you go deep.

- But is the depth of the chambers intentionally related to the lack of light? Definitely yes, dept and the absence of light was part of their religious concept. They could have found chambers with some incoming light, but they did not want to, since the God of Darkness was allergic for light. Therefore they developed quite a different concept to find their way in the dark consisting of tied ropes from grasses which decayed in 335 ka. BTW, if you were that intelligent, wouldn't you make a map on flat rocks elsewhere?

- Why do complete darkness and depth have a combined meaning? In their religion the God of Darkness existed only in their imagination and in complete darkness, since with fire He apparently fled. Was he afraid of fire or light or both? I think he was afraid of light, since He was the God of the Underworld and there is no light.

- Did Homo naledi intentionally search for this kind of cemeteries? Definitely yes, after finding Lesedi as second chamber for the same purpose. This means over thousands of years there must have been built a hidden goldmine of Homo naledi bones in the Cradle of Mankind.

- So, the 'evidence' is overwhelming for REBIRTH as the overarching concept explaining the whole undertaking.

Homo naledi is the game changer of human religion

We are very happy with the balanced and logical burial model of Homo naledi. We likely have proven that animal religion exists. Then we likely also confirmed human religion must have been developed in a straight line from animal religion. Then it can be doubted if religion comes from God. God might be nothing more than a physiological trace in the human brain. Then God would have originated from primate groups with Alpha males. 

So, the implications of the way Homo naledi disposed of the dead are enormous for human religion and can transcend the importance of the discussion around Homo naledi's place in the human family tree. Homo naledi will become the game changer of human religion.

Some miscellaneous background information:

What tells us Homo naledi?

It would be unheard of if 'religion' originated in the animal world. And Homo naledi was just on the verge of humanity. So if Homo naledi practiced religion, we likely confirmed animal religion.

If religion comes from the animal world then we must wonder what concept animals have about death. Above all, we must try to think in their logic. The first question is: Does the brain of higher mammals consider death as a fait accompli or as a twilight zone between life and death? Well, death looks an irreversible fact but at the same time there could be a twilight zone. For animals death is not absolute if the body is still intact, as we also cannot believe our beloved really died. We would not be too surprised if he stood up again and walked away. And mothers (apes) drag their dead child with them for days. Below something quite different and a reminder we do not differ fundamentally from the other apes:

Conditions for rebirth

At the sight of a deceased loved one, also animals come to the terrible conclusion that the poor mate is dead. But the question is how do they think about death? Does the deceased animal remain in his body? Of course he does, for he is his body. That's rational thinking. So, do not touch a dead animal near grieving other animals.

We conclude, a dead animal definitely stays in his dead body but for other animals it is not completely clear what 'dead' means. The deceased lives forth in their minds and maybe he lives also forth in his dead body. For example, he could sleep forever. And maybe at some point he still gets up and walks away. Anyway, he must be protected against wild animals because he is only really dead if he is torn to pieces. That's animal logic.

Because animals never invented the soul they do not understand how dead animals could ever leave their bodies. But there is also no need for. Either they sleep and rest forever, or eventually they are born again with a renewed body and stand up as Jesus. For animals anything is possible. Only humans who are able to split body and soul can imagine reincarnation into other bodies.

These are the rules for rebirth and reincarnation:

Rebirth (Australopithecus):

1: For rebirth a dead body must be intact.
2: After rebirth there are no dead bodies left, so dead bodies must stay out of sight as the body of Jesus and the bodies in Dinaledi chamber.

Reincarnation (Homo erectus)

1: Damaged dead bodies are allowed.
2: The bones of the deceased may stay visible while they reincarnate elsewhere.
3: But for reincarnation the auxiliary hypothesis is needed of separation of body and soul.
4: Because the invisible Dinaledi chamber is a special case, later Homo erectus were forced to invent the separation of body and soul for reincarnation.

Rebirth in Dinaledi chamber

So we infer that deceased individuals - which are not torn to pieces - are able to renew their bodies in the hidden underworld of well-connected cave systems and then grow up again as young plants out of the soil. They eventually become new offspring with their own bodies. Reincarnation is not needed and burials in the Rising Star Cave are explained.

- Homo naledi knew a lot from caves and possibly got the idea a complete underworld existed in the underground connected by all caves he knew. He also knew all life finally started from the soil. So, he knew it was the underworld which was life giving
Homo naledi possibly assumed the giant Rising Star Cave somehow was the holy entrance to new life far beneath the surface of the earth. And the harrowing shark-mouth chute, the 12 meter deep funnel to Dinaledi chamber was the actual access to that world. This was the big mouth to the underworld and so they threw their deceased right into their next life. It was the first form of rebirth without splitting body and soul.

Now remember, the chute is 12 meter deep and Homo naledi likely didn't check the decomposition of the bodies. Very likely, they never went down the chute themselves because they thought the chute was the secret entrance of the dead into the underworld, there where all life begins and will be reborn.

The Rising Star Cave might show us the circle of life of animals, the circle of life of Australopithecus.

Homo naledi and reincarnation

If Homo naledi was able to work his deceased companions so deep under the ground, then for a very long time he must already have had the habit to bury them. 

Already for a long time early Homininae (7 mya; 400 cc) were roaming through the savannas of Africa. In the beginning, dead tribal members had to be left behind in a hot climate with scavengers. They could not be reborn. That's why early Homininae and later Australopiths learned to bury their dead, millions of years earlier than expected, and fairly quickly after leaving the forests for the plains. And why did they bury their dead? For rebirth, animal logic.

From the Rising Star Cave we learn Homo naledi was not roaming all the time. And living at one place for a longer time apparently gave a much better method to prevent premature decay of the dead. They were very experienced with caves and knew in Dinaledi chamber were neither scavengers nor insects. So, this could be seen as the first known attempt to preserve bodies awaiting reconstruction for rebirth.

Hence, we infer 
Australopiths might have buried their dead already for millions of years. That's why we do not find many remains. That is in line with our conclusion that deceased animals which are complete and in good order are sleeping forever and must be given a safe place to rest for rebirth.

Next question is what advantage has a cave above normal burying. It is not that buried bodies are eaten by wild animals because they were underground. No, it must have been because Homo naledi wanted to prevent decay of bodies by worms and insects in the soilBecause it takes time to arrive into the underworld and decay would destruct the body, which just had to be renewed for rebirth. And remember, Homo naledi did not check decay of dead bodies in Dinaledi chamber.

The Rising Star Cave might be unique in animal religion, since it likely marks the transition to human religion. It is exactly here where animal religion goes through the sound barrier of human religion: from rebirth to reincarnation.

Homo naledi proves animal religion 

- A lot of people still think 'religion' comes from God. but in our opinion 'God' is a physiological trace in the human brain as result of millions of years living in primate groups led by Alpha males.

- The second cave named Lesedi proves that Dinaledi chamber is no anomali, since in Lesedi are also remains found. Now we definitely take it for granted Homo naledi disposed of their dead in cemeteries.

- But this means these creatures had 'religion'. And they likely worshiped gods.

- It is culturally advanced if animals bury their dead as I think Australopiths did. This implies no religion but can be seen as respect for the deceased. 

- But the crazy undertaking of disposal of the dead in Dinaledi chamber is much more then giving respect, it must be religion.

- We know Homo naledi is the turning point between Australopithecus and Hominins. The former practiced 'rebirth' and the latter 'reincarnation'.

- But this would prove religion in Australopiths, this would prove animal religion.

- This would confirm the Sexual Theory of Religion.



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