Our first tangible evidences of mythological thinking are from the period of Neanderthal Man, which endured from ca. 250,000 to ca. 50,000 B.C.; and these comprise, first, burials with food supplies, grave gear, tools, sacrificed animals, and the like; and second, a number of chapels in high-mountain caves, where cave-bear skulls, ceremonially disposed in symbolic settings, have been preserved.
Our first tangible evidences of mythological thinking are from the period of Neanderthal Man,
-- Joseph Campbell
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers (video) (ep 3)
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