I feel that we are in that in between stage that happens four times a year and is symbolised by the change of season. We are midway between warm days and cold evenings and cold days and cold evenings. There is a gradual adaptation of this change and our senses are fully piqued during the process. The changing colour of the leaves and trees and the eventual shedding of their foliage, the dark nights and mornings which bring with it a colder and fresher start and end to the day and that eventual excuse to turn the heating on!! There are some festivals and events to take part in and that hint of the big festivities coming at the end of the year. It really is a busy time.
The nature aspect of seasons has been around before civilization has. The changing seasons as part of the laws of science is out of our control, relatively speaking. The blurred lines and days between the end of one season and the beginning of another. It is mother nature not the Gregorian man-made calendar that commands when the changes will be felt. When one reflects on the existential creation of the universe and the heating and cooling of the earth and the atmosphere, the Ice Age for example it is evident that these changes have occurred without human intervention.
From a pre-historic perspective and therefore one which had no realisation or understanding of the laws of nature the change of seasons needed some explanation. A simple on-line search today will suffice to find the answer if you missed that part at school, but pre-historic man had no such tools at his disposal and the changes kept occurring. Similarly, so did the sunset and the sunrise and the sudden rainbow in the sky. It is beyond doubt that pre-historic man questioned this phenomenon that was out of his control and believed it, quite rightly to be an external marvel to be revered and possibly scared of.
We know of their belief in the afterlife seen from archaeological remains of bodies buried in a foetal position daubed in red paint to symbolise life-giving blood and buried with ornaments and trinkets to help the person in their new after-life. There was obviously a necessity to do something physical to support this person on their journey. Similarly, the Ancient Egyptians were buried with similar gifts to help them reach their afterlife. However, it is the Hindu tradition that has striking evidence of a sense of “otherness” from their Pre-Aryan civilization. These ideas and beliefs are still part of the Hindu faith today which is why it holds special interest.