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Engraved Gifts

Few people realize, but our ancestors also were presented by each other gifts – whether it's courting couples or tribal chiefs, princes, kings. In ancient times, wood was the most accessible material, which easily yielded processing. The first gift, made independently, rather than natural gifts were, apparently, simple, carved from pieces of wood figurines of animals, birds and people. They were not only the expression of any feelings of the giver, but also serves as a kind charms in accordance with religious beliefs of one tribe members – from northern Scandinavia to the tribes of the peoples of Africa. Representations about the world gradually developed, strengthened and structured. In light of these changes varied destinations and gifts: Gift-wards – to ritual attributes, and gifts to honor the leaders and benefactors, have revealed a giving gifts to the gods, superior intelligence. Since that time, making extensive use of figures of gods gets in the form of animals and fantastic creatures.

Gradually, the semantic relationship of figures with superior forces was lost or became less important and serious (sometimes to replace the old gods came new). In such cases, the figures have not been used in rituals and moved into the category of household attributes, often appearing as children's wooden toys, then over the centuries replaced by puppets. Perhaps a distant ancestor of Pinocchio, Pinocchio, was, for example, long-nosed god of truth … With the development of technologies and application of new materials, gifts and souvenirs made of stone, metal, became more sophisticated designs and affixed treatments.

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