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Zeitgeist: The Movie

The Greatest Story Ever Told
1. This is the sun. As far back as 10,000 B.C., history is abundant with carvings and
writings reflecting people’s respect and adoration for this object.
Numerous artifacts prove these points, such as from the sun-worshipping cultures of the Egyptians,
Indians, Babylonians and Greeks, among many others, including the peoples of the Levant and ancient
Israel. Concerning the antiquity of sun worship, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Dr. Madanjeet Singh
The tool-making hominids, as anthropologists call them, emerged about one-and-a-half million
years ago. But the sun‘s identification with the animals they hunted became evident much later as
in the striking circular engravings representing the sun, discovered in the Central Asian regions
(thirteenth millennium BC) in Siberia and western Turkistan. They seem to have eventually
influenced the earliest artifacts made in Iran and Mesopotamia… Apart from the animals depicted
in the Lascaux caves in France, at Altamira in Spain, at Adduara in Sicily (15,000 to 10,000 BC),
and at the prehistoric Tassili N‘Ajjer in the Sahara region (7000 to 4000 BC), are also strange
human figures such as the dancing man with horns on his head and a stallion tail, as in the cave
paintings at Trois Frères in Ariège. These are comparable to similar figures seen on the third-
millennium-BC Mohenjo-daro seals found in the Indus Valley—symbols that are identified with the
Describing this ubiquitous of sun worship, professor of Archaeology at Cardiff University Dr. Miranda J.
Aldhouse-Green remarks:
The evidence for the sun cult manifests itself in Europe from as long ago as the fourth millennium
BC, when Neolithic farmers recognized the divine power of the solar disc...
…Solar religion manifested itself not only in acknowledgement of the overt functions of the sun—
as a provider of heat and light—but also in recognition of influences that were more wide-
1 Singh, 12-13.