Rekhmire Tomb painting and seal stones The discovery of the Rekhmire tomb painting in Egypt and seal stones bearing a ship symbol all point towards the minoan society being a Thalassocracy. The minoans traded via ships (perhaps barter) to other colonies. The Rekhmire tomb painting supports this because it shows minoans bringing gifts to the vizier Rekhmire (c. 1370BC). They, the Egyptians have painted this in minoan style which signifies a close connection via trade. Also these seal stones are engraved with a ship symbol, implying the minoans help a high regard for the sea and boats. Aghia Triadha The Aghia Triadha Sarcophagus is evidence that the Minoans had religious
practices that may have involved bull sacrifice and that they believed in the afterlife. This sarcophagus depicts a bulls blood being drained, than a woman (priestess) putting it under an alter. In the second representation a ritual related to death is presented. From all of this archaeologists can conclude minoans participated in religious sacrifice most with liquid offerings. Pillar Worship An aspect of worship associated with the earth is pillar shines. It is possible that pillar worship emerged as a modification of a practice carried out from the time which the minoans lived in caves. Most of the Cretan caves had stalagmites and stalactites, natural limestone formations that resemble pillars and columns. Another reason suggested for pillar worship could be the function of the pillar: it supports a house and during earthquakes anything that makes a house stable is good. Karphy Goddess Female goddesses were of central worship. The Karphy goddess has a crown and upraised arms that are similar to representations of goddesses in later times. The figure wears slashes poppies on her crown, suggesting the use of opium. Votive offerings were presented to the gods to worship them. Tholos Tombs Are free standing tombs that are circular, they predate the Mycenaean tholos tombs. The differences between the two types are that Minoan tombs were not built into hill sides like Mycenaean and the Minoan masonry was not finely finished, nor the tomb structure Transport and how it relates to trade There is a lack of information regarding Minoan civilization. But we can draw conclusions from archaeological evidence. On Crete we find evidence about forms of transport that relate to trade. The types of transport used by the Minoans didn't merely rely on paved roads. The main road in Knossos was called the "Royal Road". This is one of the few that were suitable for wheeled traffic. Other roads were too steep and un even, to support wheeled traffic. Not to say Minoans didn't use wheeled transport. It is suggested Minoans used donkeys to pull wheeled carts. The aghia Triadha sarcophagus depicts such two-wheeled chariots. It is also supported by evidence for Linear B tablets; various commodities lits including chariots.
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