Thank you Haya @green.sprouts
for sharing your passion and knowledge about the Dilmun Civilization. As an environmentalist, Haya became curious about the climate and culture of ancient Bahrain. We discussed the climate, ecology, culture, economy, fashion, social justice and spirituality.
In one hour we learned that 🇧🇭 Bahrain used be cooler, greener and had many lakes and was part of the Fertile Crescent and the seat of civilization ~10,000 years ago
🇧🇭 The ancient civilization lived in harmony with nature and had great reverence for the sun, the rain, the soil, and the plough. They also honored women as creators of life.
🇧🇭 Clothing was made out of cotton, hemp and linen that was grown locally. People with higher status would wear clothes that were dyed. Men would wear a cloth around their waist while women would wear one-shouldered dresses. Both men and women would cover their heads to protect from the sun.
🇧🇭 The sun, water, and the bull was worshipped because they provided for the abundance of food. This abundance allowed for security and trade, and the civilization thrived and their knowledge expanded. 🇧🇭 They had a strong sense of social justice and equality between people and genders.
🇧🇭 Finally, they believed that the soul is special and sacred and does not die.
With this insightful background, we were able to put the Dilmun seals into context. The seals were made out of clay but also stone and glass. They were used for adminstrative purposes, e.g. an identification card. The seals were the recorded the transaction of trade. The seals also depicted scenes from the life of the Dilmuni people.
I was particularly intrigued by the magical animals and the geometric shapes. I fell in love with the special shell seal 🐚. Curiously, my daughter also noted that one of the seals resembled the rosette shaped flowers that we saw at an ancient sacred site in Ireland.
We can't wait to learn more about beautiful Bahrain !
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