Museum of the Origins of Man


Fig. 35,1) Drawing of the two-faced zooanthropomorphic lithic sculpture of El Juyo, now in the Museum of Altamira ( see Fig. 9,9).
The drawing of the sculpture is work of the discoverers Americans and Spanish, while the three drawings demonstrative are executed by Pietro Gaietto.
In the Cavern of El Juyo, Santander, Spain, remained sluice for millennia, has been found a monolith squared of the weight nearly 1000 kg, carried purposely in the cavern.
The monolith was (and still) is supported on a earth support, and contains sacrificial offerings, constituted from shellfish, seeds and small bones of animals.
This monolith has been considered an altar by the discoverers: Prof. Leslie Freeman of the University of Chicago and by Spanish others archaeologists.
In front of the altar was placed the sculpture, that represents half human head joined to half head of feline, that represents a God.
The discoverers think that the Cavern of El Juyo is the most ancient temple that is known .
Its absolute dating is 14,000 years.

It is necessary to make a comparison with the caves with the zoomorphic paintings franc-cantabric, that are of the same time of the temple of El Juyo. In these caves, that are tens, have not been found stone altars, and no more two-faced anthropomorphic or zooanthropomorphic lithic sculptures, but only zoomorphic, paintings and therefore, they are sacred places of cult or places for magic rituals, but they are not temples with divinity. The people with zoomorphic painting, moreover, did not work the great stone.

The temple of El Juyo is connected with the paleolithic civilizations who produced colossus and worked megaliths and is at the origin of the prehistoric post-paleolithic temples, and also of the historical temples.
The zooanthropomorphic sculpture found in the cavern, being unique, is testimony of an only God, at least in those temple of 14.000 years ago.

Genova, 2002, August, 14




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