How early humans would have perceived death ?

Shankar_S (@pikali) 8 years, 10 months ago

We now know when a person is sleeping and when he/she is dead. But what about the early men ? When someone in their tribe died they would have thought that they were having a long sound sleep. They would have slapped ’em shook them but would be left confused. I was thinking about this yesterday and it made perfect sense !

I am from India where most of the people are Hindus. And we here have a tradition of playing drums, sangu (the white sea shell that Lord Krishna blows during the hindu epic of Mahabaratha ) and mani (basically a cling cling high pitch sound. (very irritating) ). I was thinking these practices came into being just to make sure the person is really dead and not just sleeping. If he/she were sleeping they would definitely wake up listening to these awful sounds.

Just a thought ! Is there any other such traditions in other part of the world ?

January 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm
DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@pikali, I think the earliest of humans may still have perceived death in a primitive form, but might have instead hoped for the dead to pass themselves on to those living (or those about to live).

They would have, behaviorally, seen a multitude of deaths, but might have tried to tribute them to a future act (like the birth of a child).

Kazi (140) (@kazi) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

I think the ancients had a very primitive idea about death in the sense that they did not fully understand it the way we do now. At the same time i think they had a much harder time accepting the idea that there is nothing after death, which they cover up with stories and faiths in an afterlife/reincarnation etc.

Louis di Maria (1) (@elze) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Well, hi everyone! I guess one of the most usefull question (for this thread) is : how animals perceive death? I’m sure : when an animal in their family just died, they realize that they’ll never see him again, they are sad (cause yeah, animals have feelings). Then, they just let it go, cause they know there is not anything to do.
The big thing is that they don’t have any kind of idea like “reincarnation” or anything, cause for an animal, “it is”, they live in the now, they don’t think with words, they feel and they carry on. Which is really something strong.

As “wise” humans (we are, is our society wise? Are we?), we have “cover-up” as said @kazi, to “imagine” there is something. Is it just imagination? Some will told you “no one can affirm it”. I will told you : just try to see it. Astral projection (OBE), anything else, drugs.. You will know, if you have to! May these early humans had more abilities than us and our own beliefs-prison, like visiting other kind of worlds, etc. May theses “cover-up” are not.
At least, everyone will finally knows, ’cause in the end, we all die!

Nice topic.

a Lotus Blossoms. (140) (@ancientmystic) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

i remember reading that archeologists found an ancient grave site that had remnants of flowers over the corpse’s chest. this may have been one of the earliest notions of blessing the departed, of an idea of an afterlife, or simply of a funeral tribute.

still i wonder how ancients handled death.

1.61803399 (247) (@drunkmonkmeth) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

They saw death more often than we did.. Most ppl alive now havent seem a dead body unless its at a wake. They weren’t stupid people. they could probably tell if someone is sleeping or dead better than you can. As an early human though watching life literally leave someone’s body youd have to wonder if there is a way to make it return.

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