pre-columbian-societies

anonymous asked:

I just read an ask you posted about Custelobruxo that mentioned that there were no ancient civilizations in the Brazillian Amazon. This is sort of not true anymore: In 2010, there was actually new evidenced uncovered by satellite imagery that revealed a "sophisticated pre-Columbian monument-building society" dating somewhere between 200 to 1283 AD. And specializing in herbology and magizoology seems like it'd be realistic trait for magical folk living in the Amazon. I also think it'd make (1/3)

sense for the Capoira to protect magical people if their presence also kept the forest safe. That being said, these snippets of info could have benefited from a few extra lines of text that hinted at a broader culture of conservationism, biodiversity, cultural diversity, inclusiveness, and preserving heritage. Instead, we get some colorful language essentially describing the school as a “castle” that looks like a “square golden temple thingy” (it can’t be both), some info that the (2/3)

visiting EU students study magical fauna and flora rather than to study and interact WITH people, and a name being a pun on El Dorado (Dourado). I am also sure that the fiesta in a bottle is suppose to hint at Carnivale, but, at this point, it seems like a bunch of different cultures got rolled up into one thing without any self-awareness. Taking Custelobruxo’s blurb (and name) at face-value is cute, but it falls apart when you scrutinize it without a Euro-centric filter. (3/3) 

So I found a more recent article about the structures in the Amazon and they apparently even predate the rainforest. They are now saying that the structures probably originated around 6000 years ago and were still being used even as the landscape became more forested. Just wanted to correct my error on that topic, sorry about that.

I read up on the possibility of ancient civilizations in the Amazon, which was certainly interesting. And thanks for the update!

I’m not sure if I entirely understand the point of your last sentence (I might need a little clarification). I do think that there are legitimate things to question about the write-up, though. To be honest, I have always found Rowling’s world building underwhelming, and the descriptions for the new schools seem to be rooted in boring, stereotypes. 

-Mod Finn