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A serpent coiled around an egg is a nearly universal concept from the ancient world, of life, rebirth, and the spiritual nature of things. It is found in rock art, in Greek myths, in the Serpent Mound, in the Norse creation story, among Siberian and Native American shamanic traditions...

The guy who hosts the video below is a Swedish archaeologist who specializes in ancient religious sites. The video explains the idea far better than I can.


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@naturelovingfarmer @nanapuzzler @Isaly - It was a pleasure listening to him, Nancy. I recognize things I studied in college when I thought I would pursue archaeology and anthropology. Little personal revelations when studying the ancient goddess cultures and how they were supplanted by the patriarchal cultures...suddenly understanding the underlying story of the Garden of Eden. But that's a whole other discussion and not for here. :) I do appreciate you, Ryan and Cyndi and your embrace of old knowledge. Amazed how connections are developed here. How a seemingly simple puzzle site has created such links in friendship!

Btw, please tell Ryan that I feel for both of you having to change plans for your garden. Fortunately, I think you must have a longer growing season than we have here? I sometimes don't get things into the ground until June [because of late freezes. etc.] and it's a gamble if we'll have a warm Fall to extend the growing season. Sometimes it works - often, not. We have a shorter summer on this side of the Divide than on the West side, by a full month. Anyway, I hope the garden flourishes! Am very interested in the rice paddy. Wishing I could do the same here but we are so dry. Was delighted to see Ryan mention Bear Onions. I don't recall the name for them when I grew up in western WA but I spent much time gathering them in our damp forest. No such thing in these ponderosa environments, that I know of.

I ordered Potimarron Squash seeds yesterday. It's a Japanese squash that is so delicious. Can eat the skin, too. Plus it's beautiful growing on the vine. If you're interested I can send you the link to order the seeds.

Hugs to All from Montana! :)


I agree! This guy makes so much sense. If people would only learn more real history instead of the superficial stuff you learn in school!


@naturelovingfarmer - Thank you again for sharing this link, Ryan! I don't know how you found it but it's so timely and personally essential, for me. I won't go into how I relate to what he is saying; only that he makes perfect sense. I rarely take seriously what many of the "experts" say about origins of thought and "religion" but, thanks to you, I think I've found someone who speaks my language of thoughts and has the archaeological background added to his interesting perspective. You're right - his video explains what I couldn't possibly put into words but reinforces images that have haunted me since I was very young.

I've only watched the first half of this [before interruption] but when I can concentrate I'll finish it and explore his other videos. Was fascinated trying to read the titles of the books behind him.

You have shared a treasure with me and I can't thank you enough. Hugs to you and Nancy - Christy


Ryan it will all happen at the right time. This time we are in now is giving everyone a lesson in patience and being grateful for what we have. How nice of your neighbor to come over with a tractor. That will be a big help. I read on one of your grandmother's puzzles that your plastic cover for the greenhouse came in too late to use this year. It sounds to me like you already have done a lot with your plantings. Can't wait to hear all about it and maybe see some pictures. Say hello to you grandmother for me!


Thank you, Ryan!! Will be looking at this a little later. Left a message on the atlatl photo. Until later, Hunter-Gatherer. ;)


Oh Isaly, you have no idea how anxious I am about the garden. Seems everything I try here that worked before doesn't work anymore. Neighbor said he'd bring his tractor over and plow it up. The plastic cover for the greenhouse came a month late and now I don't need it again until fall. Most of our starts are leafy greens, but there are 3 trays each of the squash family and the nightshade family, and 2 of herbs. We have a big bag of onion starts (storage type so we can braid the tops and hang them), already planted the potatoes, and have seeds for root veg, grains, beans, peas... I'd really like to start hardy lowland rice off where the spring came up last year, and flax next to it on the hillock for fiber.

I can't wait to go hunting and gathering again. It's so much less work than farming. When I find a good berry patch, or some arrowroot, or bear onions (they are sort of like leeks), or may apples (only edible for a small window), or wild rice, or cane shoots, or grasshoppers, or morels, or black walnuts (the only walnut I like), or wild cherries, or chestnuts, or poke (only leaves edible, and only while stems are green), or deer, rabbit, trout, squirrel, turtle, frogs, crawdads, bluegill, clams, oysters, feral pigs.... So much variety...


This is quite the depictions, thanks Cyndi.




Good to see you naturelovingfarmer. Love the black/white picture. Thanks for the youtube site to watch the video with the Swedish archaeologist. Won't be long before you will be able to start planting providing it quits raining. TFP ~ Cyndi