Strength of Love in 5000 Year Hug

I learned of this 5000 year old embrace on Idle Ramblings (an eclectic archeological blog) a couple of days ago; and yesterday it appeared on the front page of our Edmonton Journal. In fact it has made news around the world.

There’s a reason. It’s like anthropologist Luca Bondioli said, the find has "more of an emotional than a scientific value." And when it comes to human emotion we are all involved.


Buried 5,000 to 6,000 years ago, during the late Neolithic period, the prehistoric pair are believed to have been a man and a woman and are thought to have died young, because their teeth were found intact, said Elena Menotti, the archeologist who led the dig. "As far as we know, it’s unique," Menotti said in an interview. "Double burials from the Neolithic are unheard of, and these are even hugging.

"It was a very emotional discovery," she said. "From thousands of years ago we feel the strength of this love. Yes, we must call it love."

As the poets tell us, "Love is all you need."

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  1. Nice sentiment, but doesn’t this caveman love scene also underscore the way love ought to be – between opposite sex partners. Seems even our Neanderthals had a better understanding of right and wrong than our activist judges. Along these lines, nice also to see our friend Ted Haggard completely transformed from a life-long struggle against gay urges in just three weeks of high-powered, full on, WWF-cage match counselling. I’m with the counsellors here – they saw that “crack where the light gets in” and stuck their holy fingers in to close it up, fast. So instead of celebrating our “cracks”, like illicit sexual urges as you appeared to do in yesterday’s Cohenesque post, we should be working, and toute suite, to mud them over with the polyphilla of the spirit. It’s “wholeness” reclaimed that truly witnesses to the spirit of perfection God calls us to. Showing our cracks and celebrating noted debaucherer Leonard Cohen, I’m afraid, only serves to sodden the cause of Christ. As such, you’ve been put on notice.

  2. Jeff, your notice placement has convicted me and I abjure.

    I see now that since the world was created in April of 6004 BC, and since this couple was buried between 5000 and 6000 years ago that their proximity to Eden, or more likely, God’s global flood purge, gave them a leg up concerning proper moral behaviour. Whereas, someone like Cohen, who lost his ethical compass long before “closing time,” who dances with anybody including every 100 year old lady in Lycra, casts the dark beam.

    Now, concerning Ted H.–and thanks for the update–I rejoice with you that the stains of Mr. Haggard’s gayness have been washed white as snow. Speaking of which, wouldn’t there be happiness in the heavenlies if Mel White would undergo that full-press pile-driver counseling and be restored and welcomed back in Lynchburg?

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