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The megaliths of the world are monuments to revolutionary processes spanning centuries and millenia. The most defining of these is probably the agricultural revolution, which upended the very fabric and foundation of earlier human existence.

When the passage graves at Luttra were built, the people of what would far later be called Sweden had begun the process toward organized civilization and sedentary life. They had to a large degree left their hunting-gathering ways and had begun to form farming communities. These communities were prerequisites for building the monumental graves of the Neolithic, as they demanded collective efforts and long-term planning to a degree seldom achieved in the smaller nomadic tribes of the Paleolithic.

As we humans took this step toward permanent settlement, we also left a number of other things behind; we used to regard ourselves as part of nature, but we came to think of ourselves as apart from nature. We used to regard the world and everything in it as inhabited by spirits, animas, which had to be appeased, respected and bargained with, but we came to see ourselves as ruled by almighty deities of which we were mortal likenesses and designated deputies. This process can still be glimpsed in the Bible, where the anima of the serpent represents an older, animistic belief:

"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."

A belief that belongs in the easy, free-roaming life of hunter-gathering in Eden, but which is incompatible with the new world of agriculture, toil, inequality and estrangement from nature:

"Unto the woman [God] said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

And unto Adam he said [...] and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground [...]"
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