Ladies and gentlemen, now
we are travelling far into the past of mankind. Take a look at this
sequence of cave paintings, which were found in quarries and then brought into our museum.
They are dated to
the era of Kukyucum.
The first one features scenes from the cave dwellers'
every day life. Of special interest are the hunters. The illustrations show
them strengthening their bodies, handling weapons, and, this
might actually sound strange, doing spiritual exercises.
next motif displays hunting scenes - approaching, observing,
waiting, seizing the right opportunity, and finally the very attack
itself. Thereafter the prey is chopped up. The animal's teeth are distributed among the
hunters. Those men having demonstrated great skills get extra large
teeth, others get smaller ones, and some get nothing at all. The
hunters carry them on a kind of chain around their necks. Number and
size of the teeth make up the group's hierarchy.
Thus a functional
economy developed and, well, I have to admit, the term might be a bit
exaggerated, but one could call it a rudimentary educational
You may be laughing, but these teeth
are nothing else than what we would today regard as diploma, rank symbols, and titles.
Researchers found out that the so called
Multi-Big-Teeth-Carriers (Homo multusdenspossessor) were leaders, role
models, and teachers.
prevailed for thousands of years. And then, within a
very short time period, the society went down. How could this have
happened ? Well, let's turn to the next
There is someone who on
first sight seems to pursue the usual hunting business. Soon his
true intentions become clear. He is looking for perished animals in
order to take possession of their teeth. Some of them he keeps by
himself to boost his societal status. But this is not the
end. Today we know that the collected teeth were bartered
for favours and other things with fellow cave dwellers.
What was the result ? Right -
the creeping decay of the entire
civilisation. More and more people obtained symbols
of knowledge and power in this undeserved way.
There are even archeological findings resembling artificially
made teeth-like objects.
incompetent cave men took over. The consequences for
society turned out to be catastrophic. Sociologists regard this as
the cradle of
Over time the skills for hunting
got more and more lost, eventually leading to total disaster. Let's have a look at a further painting.
The hunters run
screaming towards the desired prey, hectically fidgeting with their
arms. Then they start hopping in front of the animal. They
clumsily handle their weapons, mostly missing the
target. Some men even slay their buddies or themselves.
Thereafter they distribute in advance prepared teeth to everyone