Daisy Sthenias wrote:
Fabulous discovery, love stuff like this...BUT....
representing the earliest perception of idolising woman as Goddess dating back to 3 Century BC
This is just wrong and throws the whole article out as inaccurate for me. Idolising the "Goddess" has been around much longer, and iconography like this is littered throughout prehistoric and classical archaeology (and beyond). It might be the first in
India but I sincerely doubt it. However I have no supporting documentation to hand, so I wouldn't state that with any certainty, but Hinduism (which is oft cited as the "oldest living religion") has many Goddesses so I'd be surprised if idols of them didn't exist which dated back further than 2300 years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_figurines
what it really says is this "The first-ever ‘Mother Goddess' image carved in sandstone rock — representing the earliest perception of idolising woman as Goddess dating back to 3 Century BC " -not that its the oldest goddess idol ever found, but the oldest goddess image carved in sandstone rock
I'm also not sure you're interpreting the 2nd part right, it's a bit ambigous. that it is representing
the earliest perception
does not necessarily mean that the artifact itself is actually the earliest one found. it doesn't say it's the earliest goddess idol. it could be read as: the preception of woman as goddes is early, and this image is one representation of that perception.
further down it also clearly says "that such an early image of Mother Goddess had not been found so far in entire South India
in stone media
questioning is good, but so is also reading carefully to avoid misunderstandings.