Two horses flank a tripod, with a goat above. Detail from a Geometric oinochoe (wine jug) made in Athens and attributed to a painter of the Concentric Circle Group; ca. 735-730 BCE. Now in the British Museum. Photo credit: Zde/Wikimedia Commons.
Iberian Painted Pitcher with Horses and Archaic Text, 3rd-2nd Century BC
A terracotta oinochoe or wine-pitcher with bell-shaped body, ribbed neck, trefoil rim and bifid strap handle to the rear; painted decoration including lozenges to the neck band of scrolled tendrils and lozenges to the shoulder, frieze of galloping horses to the body with guilloches, geometric motifs and archaic text, swags and band below.
New discoveries unearthed at Terracotta Warriors site
Stone helmets, armor and the remains of thousands of animals and relics related to animals are among the latest archaeological finds at Emperor Qinshihuang’s mausoleum in Shaanxi province, according to CCTV.com.
The items were found in excavations at the celebrated site, which is home to China’s iconic Terracotta Warriors.
More than 400 pits, stone helmets and armor discovered
Zhou Tie, the head engineer of the Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum, said that during a recent excavation, the archaeological team learned the general structure of the mausoleum and a large number of pits were discovered. More than 400 pits were found in the mausoleum and dozens of small pits and tombs were found around the site.
A large number of stone helmets and armor were found surrounding the mausoleum. Experts believe these were not used in actual war, but their real function still needs to be researched.
Ancient people of the time used animals as burial objects and the emperor’s mausoleum was no exception.The new archaeological findings reveal that thousands of animal-related relics have been found in the mausoleum; that makes it the tomb in China with the most animal species so far.“Different animal species were unearthed in Emperor Qinshihuang’s mausoleum, including real animals and those made of pottery or iron,” Wu Lina, from Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum said. During the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) people gradually grasped animals’ habits and learned the skills necessary to raise and train them to some extent.According to preliminary statistics, the most unearthed animal in the mausoleum is horse.
Horses come in many forms: pottery, copper, horse bones unearthed from stable pits. Other animals unearthed include rare birds and beasts and water fowl. Yet to be identified are animal bones.Wu Lina said that after years of excavation, the animals unearthed from the mausoleum include deer, muntjac deer, figures of copper fowl, such as cranes, swans and swan goose, plus the bones of sheep, chicken, fish and turtles, as well as shellfish ornaments.Animal and human beings have existed side by side since ancient times, and the concept of biodiversity should be advocated even vigorously nowadays, Hou Ningbin, the museum’s head, said.
Warning: some of this shit may not make sense. I’m not in it to win it tonight, so idk how coherent I actually am.
Okay, so, multiple “things” making up beings, perhaps a person. Seems fucking weird, yeah? I was mulling on this a while back, trying to think of ways I could wrap my mind around the concept better. There was an image I got of a beach of sand. In animistic contexts, I was wondering- would each grain of sand have it’s own sentience, its own spirit? Or would the sand as a whole have the sentience? Could both?
If we looked at this in a human context, that would beg to ask if our cells had their own sentience. We are made up tons of cells, but we are sentient as a whole. But do our cells have sentience? Are they their own beings? What about the parts that make up the cell? (we could argue the same for plants, too. leaves, petals, branches, etc.)
Turtles all the way down.
Anyways, back to the sand. Say each grain of sand is it’s own being. And the sand as a whole is its own being, because fuck it. What happens when lightning strikes that sand? It fuses all of those grains together into a weird glass formation. All of those thousands of grains of sand are now a new “being”, a new “thing” if you will. That glass is made up of thousands of other beings, and belongs to a bigger being (the whole-sand being) simultaneously.
And when you consider that we’re all made up of repurposed star dust- well what happens when a star or other space-thing explodes, and parts of that space-thing end up in 49867 different solar systems? You could be in thousands of solar systems right now and not know it. Your star bits might have impacted a place like earth, and managed to come down so hot and so quickly that you hit sand and merged with that sand and formed a new “thing” or being. And if your space-thing fell into pieces as it descended to said planet, well again, you’re now in a bunch of places at once.
I mean, in a way, I could pull out several strands of your hair and leave them in various houses, and you’d simultaneously exist in several places at once, albeit not aware or necessarily cognizant of it. But that doesn’t mean that I couldn’t take that part of your hair that you no longer recognize you have, and possibly use it to make other yous (if we had perfected the science of it), or things of that nature. It’s your DNA, so it’s effectively /you/. And I mean, I could take that hair and do several different things with it that could cause that part of you to merge into something else (horse hair pottery comes to mind), and cause it to merge into something else, etc. The same way that you mix ingredients to make a cake (multiple ingredients with mixed levels of sentience reformed into a new “being”), then you eat that cake and it becomes a part of you, and yet part of it is shat out, and in theory could become part of the soil which in turn grows plants… and like. where the fuck do the “spirit” or sentience of the ingredients end and you end and the possible new beings begin in such a situation. Where does the pattern end (merging and splitting of beings, items, etc), or does it continue indefinitely?