Re: Is the Swastika evidence of a common origin?

Elmer Bataitis ("nylicens@frontiernet.net/nylicence"@aol.com)
Tue, 07 Jan 1997 21:53:39 -0500

Gord Bowman wrote:

>
> Now, I understand that finding just one such commonality between different
> cultures is not proof that they had contact with each other, however I
> don't understand why the idea of a common source is so far fetched. Isn't
> it a common theory that the native peoples of North, Central and South
> America at some point in the past crossed either a land or ice bridge
> probably between Siberia and Alaska? If this is true, then why could the
> symbol not have been in existence before such a crossing? Shouldn't this
> common symbol at least be viewed as evidence that such widely separated
> cultures (such as the Mayans and the Egyptians) MIGHT have a common origin?
>
> Just wondering...
> --
> Gord Bowman (gbowman@atlsci.com)

IMO something so common would not be particularly diagnostic of
anything. All cultures had some form of marriage, had eating utensiles,
rituals for puberty, and etc. I suppose that one could try to use a
commonality as a character to trace, but it seems to me that differences
would be more useful character. I could be way off base though. Anyone
with anthropology experience care to comment?

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