18 Sep '11, 4pm

What the Lascaux Cave Paintings Tell Us About How Our Ancestors Understood the Stars #depthpsych #anthropology #caveart

What the Lascaux Cave Paintings Tell Us About How Our Ancestors Understood the Stars #depthpsych #anthropology #caveart

What do these great paintings tell us? Aurochs and other large animals portrayed in Paleolithic cave art were often hunted for food. The act of painting them in a sacred cave has often been interpreted as an important element in a ritual that invoked sympathetic hunting magic. The act of a painting the animal sends a message to its spirit, that great respect is intended and that only those individuals essential for tribal survival will be hunted and killed. The spirit world and the gods are asked to 'understand' and not penalize the human sphere. The act of painting, the actions and protocol by which these paintings are executed, is the ritual. The finished painting is a record of the ceremony. It is a static reminder of the bond between the spirit world and humankind and of the obligations each 'world' owes to the other. We do not know if these great animal paintings were...

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