I'm with my teenage son so viewing it through his eyes is interesting. We had a funny chat over a lunch about all of the intricately decorated weapons from hundreds of years ago. We tried to picture our present-day GI's with decorated weapons.....didn't work very well.
|Highly detailed armory|
Legacy. What will last from our civilization in 100's of years? What will last from my family in 100's of years or.......for eternity?
Much of the carved art—small and detailed or massive—had to do with funeral ceremonies. The more elaborate it could be made, the better the afterlife of the deceased or the longer they would be remembered.
Remembering and celebrating the ancestors was important. Without massive or memorable landmarks, the person's life fades into oblivion. Becomes meaningless.
|Funeral Art to Memorialize the Dead|
...as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthinians 4:18
The only thing worth remembering about me or passing on to my children are only the unseen, eternal elements. Nothing else really matters.