How about that much! Case study on Joachim Neumann

There are some, my lord, in this world, to say that no matter what they do, they are shocked by the precognition of a terrible thing. Wherever they go, no matter how far they escape from fate, it keeps hitting them and sending them where they belong. So it was with Joachim Neumann, a seventeenth-century German hymn composer named Joachim Neumann, who did not remain famous for his religious hymns, although he did so in his lifetime.

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Now, if you imagine we’re only talking about a songbook chaplain, you’re wrong. A little patience, because we will soon get to the interesting part! This is really interesting.

Neumann was born in 1650, somewhere in Bremen, and did exactly what he saw in his family. I mean, his father was a Latin teacher and theologian, and his grandfather was a composer. He combined these influences and became a teacher and composer. Very pleasant!

In his short career, the man came to teach in Düsseldorf, where he fell in love with the Düssel River Valley because, as a priest, he was not allowed to do anything else. There he was inspired by his religious hymns, and there he began to take people out of the church and hold prayers in the open air. And that would be great if you thought you were a normal person.

Well, the church elders at the time didn’t think so, and the fact that their fan club had been taken out of the church and moved into the shell seemed serious enough for them to crack down on the spot. This is how Newman lost his job, and so he is said to have slept in a cave in the area, living at the mercy of the people.

Now, we have to come up with some extras. If you are to examine what is written here and go to see how beautiful the valley of the Düssel River is, you must know that it does not look at all as it did in the time of Joachim Neumann. Around 1674, when he arrived in Dusseldorf, there were a lot of caves, hills, etc., which no longer exist today due to the exploitation of stone. This was done there almost 200 years ago, so that you can not recognize anything from the inscriptions, paintings or other ancient images.

Then a brief mention of Joachim. His original last name was Neumann. At that time, however, a fashion arose among German intelligentsia to Hellenize their names. And so Joachim’s grandfather decided to make the Newman Neander. This was the meaning of the “new man”. Buuun! Let’s finish this with!

Returning to the problems of Joachim’s work, which are not confirmed by all historians, it must be said that our young man contracted tuberculosis in those caves, a disease that proved fatal. In fact, the man entered the realm of righteousness less than a year after being pardoned and found a job as a priest. And so the inhabitants of his place, the people of Düsseldorf, were so attached that they came to forget the old name of the valley and rename it after their teacher. Specifically, the Neander Valley. Did a Neanderthal catch her? Along the same lines, Feldhof Cave, where Neumann lived, also became Neanderthal Cave.

Years passed, the name remained, and around 1856, when only two of the 20 caves that had been there before, also remembered the fate of a blow. In succession, the owner of the quarry, Wilhelm Beckershoff, found some questionable bones in the ground that his workers had dumped on a cliff. People told him it was the bones of a cave bear, where they found many others, so don’t bother with them.

By the way, in our country there was a factory for grinding cave bears in our country, because they were relentless. Please, if we are to be precise, the factory was located in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, because the factory was in the municipality of Poi, Hunedoara. As another detail, it was installed there in the area, more precisely in the Siuklovina Cave, a human skull of about 33,000 years old, one of the oldest in Europe, was discovered. Since human bones are often confused with cave bear bones… you do the math!

In order not to dwell on it for too long, and not to distract the discussion, we will say, as everyone knows, those bones in Germany turned out to be human, after which a different, ancient, human species was named, respectively. man. Just like a small dose of common culture, we’ll point out that those fossils in Germany were by no means the first Neanderthals ever discovered. not at all!

The first of them was discovered in Enges Cave, Belgium, in 1829, by the Belgian-Dutch paleontologist Philip Charles Schmerling. Man did not want to give up talking about prehistory, a taboo topic at that time, so he simply called them … pre-flood, that is, before the flood of Noah.

Another skull was discovered in Gibraltar around 1848, when the British were doing it, I don’t know what works in the immunization. This was also not taken into account. So, as the saying goes, the four apostles were three, Luke and Matthew. Fossils were discovered in the Neander Valley years later after other similar finds, but they were the first to be identified as such. Otherwise, we would have called it Homo Engisus, or Homo Calpicus (after Calpe, the Latin name for Gibraltar). Honestly, among us, Neanderthals sound pretty good compared to other names.

Finally, in order not to dizzy and go back to what I said at the beginning, here is how Joachim Neumann’s fate worked and how it came to bear in the study of human evolution, although, most likely, it would have stunned him. She is upset if you talk to her about it. His name means “the new man,” and that’s exactly what was discovered in the valley in question. New guy. Then Joachim died at the age of thirty, exactly as long as the average lifespan of the Neanderthal after whom he was named. If this is a coincidence… well, your hair is on your hand.


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