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Katie Vander Ploeg

History 134
Professor Lark
July 10, 2016
The theme I chose was religion. I believe that religion says a lot
about a person, specifically what they do in their free time, how they
treat others, and what they typically think about certain topics.
Specifically, if a religion, like that of the Olmec people, sacrifice babies,
it shows that they do not have the same values of life as we do now a
days in the U.S. Looking at religion shows how many things were
different back then, but also some things are similar. Looking at the
different forms of art that relate to religion is very interesting and tells
a lot about a specific group of people.
1. The Votive Bowl originated in 2600-2350 BCE it was used when
taking offerings at religious ceremonies. It is something
more special than an average bowl because it has
decorative engravings on it. It is religiously important to
its culture because it is used in religious ceremonies
and other traditional events.
2. This Vessel Stand originated the same time the
Votive Bowl did. It is important in the culture because
it was used during religious ceremonies. People would
place their offering on top of the stand inside a bowl or box.

3. The Statuette of Lama originated in 1307-1282
BCE and was a goddess of protection for warriors and
citizens. This statue was very important for their
religion and culture because they believed praying to


would give them the protection they needed. This statue was an idol in
which they would worship.
4. This Statuette of a female worshiper originated in 26002500 BCE. It was a part of their religious culture because it
was used in religious ceremonies. It could have also been
used as a decoration in someone’s home.
5. This Statue originated in 2900-2600 BCE. The box
on top of the walking man’s head likely was an
offering box. An offering box is important to their
culture because it was likely used at every worship
service to collect money for the offering.
6. The Statue of Gudea originated in 2090 BCE. Gudea ruled the
city of Lagash for 20 years, so this statue was likely very
important to the people of the time. But, not only was the statue
a replica of an important political figure, it was also a dedication
to the god of Ningishzida.