What is the Mysterious Handbag Seen in Ancient Carvings Across Cultures and Countries?

What is the Mysterious Handbag Seen in Ancient Carvings Across Cultures and Countries?

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The many instances of this symbol seem to confirm the use of a handbag as a cosmological symbol represented as a commonplace household item (a basket that is, not the handbag) so as to be better understood by ordinary people.

Top image: Assyrian relief carving, 883 – 859 BC. Metropolitan Museum of Art .

By Kerry Sullivan


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Anyone else notice the things these guys are wearing on their wrists that look like watches??????

(4) both bird creatures in the Gobekli and Assyrian relief are holding this 'fruit'

@Pao - Both images show the Egyptian Acacia tree and its fruit. Google search the Acacia and its fruit and you will imediately see the resemblance.
Fun fact - The Acacia tree contains DMT and has been used in Shamanic rituals for thousands of years... It's the tree of life for Abrahamic religions as well as Moses' burning bush...

Glad to see this "handbag" symbolism get more review. Have wondered about these items and their universal appearance for decades. The best explanation was Graham Hancock's TBH: These Gnostic missionaries were simply reteaching humanity "civilization" after the great cataclysm of 11,600 BC. And they went to every corner of the earth to do it...

Has anyone notice the similarities of the contents of both these scenes? Both of them have this handbag-like objects, yes, but also notice these:

(1) Both have bird creatures around them

(2) They both have a depiction of some sort of tree of life. The Gobekli one just seems to go sidewards, but notice the diagonal crisscrossing of lines are similar to the diagonal patterns to what appears in the Assyrian relief to be a tree, which archeologists refer to as the "Assyrian tree of life". The eagle creature is in a position of serving the fruit of it with one of its hands.

(3) The round object in the Gobekli relief might be a fruit of this 'tree'. Look how close it is connected with the stylized vines, it seems like it is blossoming out of it.


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