One ancient treatise says that once people perceived the earth and all that grows or lives on it (including themselves) as one whole deity. They asked for forgiveness from animals they killed for food and from trees they felled for fire, because they were sure those were parts of one single body, linked as hundreds trillion cells are united in a human body. What could our ancestors know about the cellular structure of living organisms? There were even no such words at that time. That's it. So therefore, they really were a part of something bigger. Unlike us...

28" x 40" x 0.7" | acrylic, oil on canvas
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