Many items of gold and inlaid with garnets or other jewels demonstrate the high position man held. The items only add to the mystery of his identity. More of an eclectic collection from the world. They serve to prove that whoever was buried there spent a great deal of time traveling the seas and exploring distant lands. The burial process itself is interesting.
1.1 Introduction Myths, Legends and Lores have been around since time immemorial. Be it through oral form of storytelling or written form, the concept of a God or a higher being has persisted through the years. The Greeks and the Romans were no strangers to this concept. They too had, not only a wide but also a diverse variety of gods all with supernatural strengths and traits particular to their area of proficiency. Though the years may have passed or the civilizations may have eroded, it is these characters and their extraordinary characteristics that have endured till today.
The other aspect believed by Egyptians that made up the human being along with the "Ba" was the "Ka", the spirit that stayed in the heart. It has been studied that, "the earliest mummies from prehistoric times probably were accidental" ("Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Egyptian Mummies"). Because of Egypt’s dry and sandy climate, the dead bodies buried in shallow pits that were dug into the sand, were dehydrated of the dryness which created natural, unintended mummification. Around 3200BCE, burial chambers were introduced which led to purposeful mummification. At first they used linen bandages and sometimes plaster that was provided during the Old Kingdom by using a mixture of salts known as natron.
Political leaders often wanted to demonstrate their power and so they would have symbolic statues built from valuable commodities. A good example is a very powerful and successful “Asunte kingdom (after AD1600) in modern day Ghana was symbolically vested in the Golden Stool which became an emblem of the polity” . Often kings and elites were buried with valuable items, such as the Igbo Ukwu and the Benin bronzes which were used to pay respect to deceased kings and also to depict their power. The famous golden rhino that was found in a burial site in Mapungubwe along with gold beads and numerous wound wire bracelets were also used to represent elite rulers . In conclusion mining and metallurgy did indeed play an important role in the pre-industrial sub-Saharan African society as it was in almost every aspect of their society.
They hold the past and past events in high regard. You can see how the author of this story first talks about the old version of the poor old man. In the Story of the Stone, it was a in greater debate whether the history of the stone held any meaning in the present. However, the Buddhist priest and Taoist recognized the history of the stone and felt the stone should be honored. Others, however, felt that the history of the stone had no merit in the present due to how much had changed since the stone’s time.
As the author of the text has said, “Isn’t it amazing thought that, one day, a prehistoric man… must have realised that meat from wild animals was easier to chew if it was held over a fire?” (Gombrich 6-7) These tools that were made unintentionally from the primitive people, opened an era of technological achievements. Tools were made accidently as prehistoric men tried to live more comfortably. Because of the positive progress in technology, “when we are talking, or eating some bread, using tools or warming ourselves by fire, we should remember those early people with gratitude, for they were the greatest inventors of all time.” (Gombrich
The cycle of knowledge causing people to learn about the harsh realities of the world continues today, and causes fanciful childhood reveries to be lost. However, innocence is just one way the idea of gold can be interpreted in the poem. Something else that is gold are