Catch a Fire – History of Porridge Part 2

Continental plates split over eons like  broken pottery, though for  Nogla the great great great great great great great great great great great great great (and probably several more greats as well) grand daughter of Neville and OG, pottery was not  a concept that had even formed in her neolithic brain. Nogla was a woman of high status as her great great great great great great great great great great great great great (and probably several more greats as well) grand mother OG had  been the first seed softener using the power of the sun to soften the hard grains she had  gathered from the jungle. When the tribe had been forced to move by rising waters, she had set Neville to work chipping out the  great heavy  bit of rock that had the shallow depression where she cracked and boiled  seeds under a hot African sun. They didnt have any tools, just hard rock on rock so the job took months to do. But  owning the great stone was a source of power. OG owned what she believed to be the worlds first pot. Her clan had been leaders for eons now,  generation of seed softerners consulting the sacred  stone pot every time they up and moved  which they were  increasingly being forced to do by rising sea levls and  an intolerably hot tropical sun.  Humid jungles became drier woodlands as they moved North.  Nogla encountered fire  for the first time. Once a fire came so close to Nogla’s cave that it heated the  sacred rock pot  up to  glowing red colour, into which Nogla  put  seeds  and was happy to find them pop and soften almost immediately. ‘Catch me some of that fire Nobby,” she said to her husband as  he headed  out of the cave entrance  to go hunting the next morning. I think I am onto something big.

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