Αγώνας
THE BRONZE AGE: SPIRITUAL LIFE AND RITUALS
SLOVAKIA, 2016, 30'
  by AGON - Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Bronze Age was an important period in human development. People discovered the secret of bronze production; this had a profound effect on their lives and caused great changes in society. People began to specialize. Some of them cultivated crops and raised livestock, others manufactured goods, still others were engaged in trade; and some people ruled. New social classes arose, to which belonged the wealthy and those responsible for spiritual matters.
What was life like during the late Bronze Age in the territory of Slovakia? What were the values in society, how did people live and work, how did they dress and adorn themselves, what did their homes look like, what did they produce and eat? The present documentary film, in three parts, attempts to answer all of these questions, based on the research of an international team of archaeologists.
In “Spiritual life and rituals” we delve into funerary rites and practices, shamanism, medicine, sun-worship and sacrificial rituals. Spiritual life during the Bronze Age becomes richer, with the development of empirical sciences, architecture, astronomy and medicine. At the same time, religious life shifts towards more elaborate forms, characterised by complicated formalism and ceremonies.


Director: ACHILLEAS SDOUKOS
Producer: ARS ARETE, STANISLAV MANCA