AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Let not a man glory in this, that he love his country; Let him glory in this, that he love his kind. —Persian proverb
A observed, have long S FAR BACK AS RECORDED TIME ALLOWS our worshiped the heavens. ancestors Humans m a r k e d , a n d felt an instinctive need to display an interpretation of the interconnectedness that we share with our universe. Early Paleolithic paintings around the world depict humans in close connection with nature — all being part of the one. To further elevate an understanding of the cosmos, humans started building pyramids in Egypt and ziggurats
i n S u m e r . T h e s e e a r l y s t o n e s t r u c t u r e s w e r e c o n s t r u c t e d i n t h e “ C r a d l of Civilization” at the dawn of collective consciousness. Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, along with the fertile Nile River valle , is where humans first learned to farm and domesticate animals. Here began agriculture, permanent settlements, writing, and e
the concept of organized religion.
North Africa and the Middle East are locations of pilgrimage to many reli- gious persuasions. The Holy Land of modern Israel is sacred to Christians, Jews,
and Muslims alike. Here walked the very people who shaped Western religion. Homeland to such biblical heroes as Abraham, Moses, and Jesus, the Holy Land was residence to King Solomon, David, Mohammed, and many other luminaries.