We are going to use this belt to tie up our amateur narrative of Lake Town.
The pattern of this belt is the same as that of the tunic, but it is a separate part of the dress. The presence of style is among the most conspicuous features of Lake Town's inhabitants.
It is not possible that they had a perception of dressing style without being aware of style in all other sphere of life. What we are witnessing here are not the ruins of an eclectic primitive world, but rather the remains of a harmoniously developed society whose culture was perhaps part of something awesome and yet unknown. Most likely, in that society:
- the basic human needs were met (within the scope of the then existent standard);
- there was a high measure of division of labour;
- stone and wood were used as building materials;
- people had knowledge of settlement planning and building;
- there existed wall painting;
- people's beliefs were related with the cult of the Mother Goddess and, presumably, the cult of the Bull;
- the miniature pottery items found in the tombs are characteristic of Lake Town inhabitants' representations of After Life;
- present was the class of priests;
- judging by the available indisputable evidence, there existed a sign-system;
- the pottery decoration provides grounds for concluding there was a well-developed abstract thinking and a definite feeling for rhythm;
- Lake Town people knew and used the: number, straight line, plane, circle, sphere, triangle, square, rectangular, rectangular parallelepiped;
- they implied meaning in the notions of: similar, male-female, the four cardinal points, the lunar phases, the annual cycle;
- the miniaturized pottery, as well as the gold ornaments allow us to presume that in Lake Town the sense of detail was part of the understanding of harmony and style;
- the dress had both aesthetic and prestige value, which means the same held true of the dwelling;
- there were intensive trade relations with other human settlements...
If the hypothesis of Petko Dimitrov, and of Ryan and Pitman about the Flood as a Black Sea episode that took place some 5 500 years ago is true, then Lake Town must be the cultural and historical site where Noah and his family started from after leaving their Arc. It was they that founded Lake Town thus also laying the foundations of the building of modern civilization.
If this hypothesis is true, then the cultures of Hamangia and Varna represent the beginning of the World.
First published in Bulgarian on June 10, 2000.
English language version posted on January 2, 2002.
Last update made on 03-11-2007
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