A Musing on Origins: Language & Ancient Seekers

by LJ Frank


Language was invented by humans: from simple sounds to complicated verses and phrases, from the profane to the sacred, and from the poetic to the narrative. The roots were primeval and often linked to belief.

The genesis of the word God, Yahweh, Jehovah, Allah, etcetera, appear to have a Neolithic oral tradition lineage. The most abstract, provocative, and numinous words are of Paleolithic oral lineage: Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh (I am who I am or I am what I am?) That mysterious quality of primitive oral tradition and belief is rooted in the evolving “situational complexity” of the physical and cultural/tribal environment including the developing human brain and heart.

The intrigue: No one has ever seen “God”  and humans only have invented the language to translate their “awareness” of biological, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual experience through myths, oral traditions and tales, testimonies, and so forth, that they created about said numinous mysteries.

Paleolithic humans were closer to their natural world than modern humans and more in touch with the so called Minds Eye experience. Primordial sounds, ancient songs, stories, tales, bones, fossils, and tools suggest that humans from the earliest beginnings in their pre-agricultural nomadic existence were seekers. They sought to connect with each other and become empowered by something beyond the self, the uncertainty of existence and the reality of their physical death. Language evolved, human biology responded and the result further stimulated the evolution of the human mind and heart.