Posted by Manuel Oliveros on November 07, 2002 at 09:43:56:
In Reply to: Re: Racism in architecture posted by d on November 07, 2002 at 05:21:24:
This is not surprising. To enjoy some niceties a well trained brain is required and some egyptian priests were more likely to have it than the more mundane pharaos. On the other hand, the misteries of priesthood and afterlife were and are far more appeling than the stance of the leaders, for the way of thinking of leaders is seemingly understandable by the multitudes that support them, being a more direct extrapolation of their own wishes of empowerment. People that chooses less power and more mistery need to appear to people more baffling, less understandable, and at the same time, maybe more worth to look at, if something because they must have something hidden that one could eventually learn.
In many ancient (and nearly present) societies priesthood and kingship unified (a bit unnaturally) the extant powers. Where separated, and as long and the attitude of the spiritual power is not offensive to the general at least in the minds of the people. Another example of this superior respect can be seen in some american tribes of the time of the european conquest of america, where they came to know that the chiefs of the tribes got just an ordinary burial, whereas the shaman-healers got the only ceremonial burial in such societies.
Respect racism, some degree of preference -that not racism- is natural, it is this what keeps species and races differentiable. On the other hand we are advanced enough to at least understand and support how fundamental human rights must be hold equal between people, everyting else being substandard by our generalized present moral achievements.
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