The discovery that the first medicine man is a woman doesn’t surprise me one bit.
(AP, from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) — Archaeologists believe a 12,000-year-old skeleton found in a grave containing 50 tortoise shells, a leopard pelvis, a cow tail and part of an eagle wing is the remains of a witch doctor. [dumb term I think]
The skeleton, found at an excavation near the Sea of Galilee is believed to be that of a woman around 45 years old. The bones were found in a carefully carved oval grave with the skull resting on a tortoise shell. An additional 49 tortoise shells were in the grave, along with items such as a pestle and mortar and leopard pelvis.
This is the first proof ever of “such a kind of behavior” within this hunter-gatherer group. Keywords: first, religion, spirit, witch, medicine, shaman, doctor, woman, 12,000 years before Sarah Palin, leopard pelvis, cow tail, eagle’s wing.
In any case, she could choose a happy view, ey wot?