What was Aratta? Why is this most ancient civilisation important to us today?
The Arattan civilisation has come to signify the creation of an assembly of tribes and nations which ultimately spread across the entire span of Eurasia. Aratta became an epithet for "abundance" and "glory". Aratta created script, texts, writing, laws and precepts, contracts, trade, judicial systems, agriculture, spirited arts & crafts - within a peaceful, matriarchal civilisation many millennia before the founding of Sumer around 3200 BCE which had itself sprung, seemingly ‘ready-formed’, into archaeological consciousness according to Sumerian scholars.
So why are Western historians of ancient civilisations predominantly focused on studying Rome, Greece and Egypt, almost to the exclusion of fabulous Mesopotamian Sumer and its progenitor, this Aratta?
Its rich petroglyphic archives deposited by Stone Age communities of mammoth-hunters in Ukraine can no longer be ignored, accordingly, this book sets out to trace the development of this civilisation from its origin on the territory of Ukraine, the northern Black Sea Land of Aratta. From 20,000 BCE, pre-state Aratta progressed from being a well-organised society to one whose subsequent wisdom-keepers would, by 12,000 BCE, have inscribed their chronicles in sanctuary grottoes at ‘Kamyana Mohyla' (southern Ukraine). In this “Stone Library”, which remains virtually unknown in the Western world, lies a written agreement from c. 6,200 BCE, an appeal for mutual aid between missionaries from Çatal Höyük (Anatolia) which singularly justifies recognition of Aratta as the world’s first known state and founder of the “Indo-European” community of tribes and languages.
In this image-rich book, Dr. Shilov critically examines the extent to which Aratta’s tendrils advanced into Asia Minor, India, Mesopotamia, Egypt and indeed, across Europe covering the most extensive timescale imaginable. This is far more than ‘mere history’, it is an analysis of how the apotheosis of Aratta (“Trypillian archaeological culture”) came to be eclipsed by the rise of its off-shoot, the slave-holding civilisation of Sumer.
This progressive trend was paralleled by a movement away from the ancient intuitive perception of their world to one which was based upon logical analysis. The author stresses the importance of understanding the balance between the material form and field essence components of ‘physical space’ and their interpretation by the conscious and subconscious mind. It was this fundamental distinction which drew Aratta’s Brahman priests to dissociate “life-and-death” from “existence and non-existence”. Dr. Shilov’s lifetime experience of excavating hundreds of burial kurhans and graves across the steppes of Ukraine made it possible to "decipher" the mythological rituals associated with those mounds which closely resemble those rituals in the Indo-Aryan Rigveda, yet arose long before they appeared in India, corroborating the linguistic conception that the Aryans and their beliefs originated in the lower Dnipro area of Ukraine.
Drawing upon sources rarely encountered by Western researchers Dr. Shilov describes the migrations of ancient Eurasian tribes; the spread of Vedic philosophy into India; the origins of Pelasgian and Greek legends; the rise of Cimmerian, Scythian, Slavic and western European nations; the emergence of Kyivan Rus and through Cossack traditions, an appreciation of the sustained preservation of the core tenets of Arattan culture, still maintained in the very heart of modern Ukraine.
At a time when modern civilisations often exhibit uncivilised behaviour, an understanding of Aratta’s precepts of peaceful, harmonious society is surely worthy of our attention. Ancient History of Aratta-Ukraine is sincerely recommended.
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