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Unformatted text preview: 4 Reading 3-1 3. Nonfarmers did not farm because of ignorance of lack of intelligence. 4. A god or a goddess was required to enlighten them as to agricultural practices as well as laws, arts, religion, and civilized behavior. 5. Agricultural man knew himself to be superior to hunter-gatherers. While the fallacy of all this is demonstrable, this way of thinking has persisted to the present time and has colored modern concepts of agricultural origins. For example, it has been argued that vegetatively reproduced crops must be older than seed crops because it would be easier to think of; it would not occur to the savage mind that seeds could be planted. Another product of this way of thinking is the idea that it could have happened only once or twice at most. If we can rid ourselves of the stereotype, more possibili- ties open up. Domestication for Religious Reasons About 1900, Eduard Hahn (1896, 1909) proposed a theory that some animals might have been f rst domesticated out of religious concern rather than for economic reasons. He chose the urus ( Bos taurus ), a form of wild cattle, as his model, but the idea was extended to other animals and tentatively to plants (An-...
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