My theory on how certain religous groups knew about the human anatomy…?

I’m a Yupik Eskimo. Full blooded and from rural Alaska. In our culture, we know the fetus develops in steps, knew about body parts(liver, kidneys, brains, etc.). I asked how did they know this and an elder told me that our ancestors probably disected the dead in order to better know about the humab body. In my theory, they did this when someone died of unknown causes. Either that or plain curiosity.

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  • Meatwad Gets The Honeys

    Humans are just animals and our anatomy is very similar to other mammals.

    Hunters have been killing and "Dissecting" other animals for hundreds of thousands of years and over the course of that time, they started to see similarities between us and their food.

    We had babies in our wombs just like animals and when they would kill a pregnant animal, they would butcher it and find, and usually eat, the fetus…

    When humans were injured, our anatomy showed… And it was similar to what they saw each and every day when they butchered an animal.

    It most likely started as "Accidents" exposing the insides of humans to the outside world and people that saw the anatomy of the animals they hunted every single day were similar… From there, the curious and those that were skilled at healing studied and after setting broken bones, draining abscesses, etc. would then dissect a human corpse to see if the similarities held true on more than just the superficial.

    The people that were most curious and knowledgeable were the ones that realized that to get power, one must kiss the butts of the cult in charge, so they joined the priesthood of whatever the local religion was and their notes became part of the mythology.

    There’s nothing magical about the Quran, Bible, Torah, etc. because the first cosmetic surgery was done in ancient egypt and the first fillings in teeth were done thousands of years ago…

    They didn’t get everything right, but our knowledge builds upon the past and we’ve figured this stuff out.

  • Humans have always been curious and if the opportunity came up, I’m sure humans were dissected.

  • Most hunters and warriors have a very good knowledge of anatomy, of both human and the animals they hunt.. Practical knowledge is often better than knowledge from a book.

  • I think it’s both; to learn about the anatomy and curiosity. Ancient pagans would look at animal entrails to determine the future. They may have done that with humans.

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