Apr 18 2014

#atozchallenge P is for Paleolithic Polychrome Parietal Art

P is for Paleolithic polychrome parietal art atozchallenge blog post image

The large stone mostly depicts people. I’m not sure that I
understand the meaning of what is drawn though. There’s a person on a large,
mostly dark, round ball that reminds me of the moon. There’s a flaming circle,
which I guess could be the sun or an asteroid. Someone is drawn inside of it,
which is very confusing. It appears to have lightning coming from it, which
connects to the fire drawn where one of the feminine shaped figures stands. It
looks like a male figure beside her is attacking the lightning with a stick.
Very odd. One figure appears to be drowning. I believe another figure is being
swept away by a tornado. There’s a turtle and tree, which reminds me of the
Lenni-Lenape origins story. A masculine and feminine shape stand beside them, both
towering over the tree. Maybe the artist didn’t have a grasp of proportions?


I observe the large stone wall for a while longer. The paint
colors are amazing, given what was available during the draw-on-walls period. I
suppose it could be from another era. Anyone could still draw on a rock, right?
Then again, everything else that I’ve discovered in this room has been old. It
seems like a great deal of trouble to fake all of this.


As my eyesight adjusts better, I notice two more figures.
There’s a very dull bluish white figure in the middle. Both arms are raised, unlike
the other figures. The first “wave” ever recorded? Also unlike the
others, that figure isn’t drawn in a masculine or feminine way. No bulging
arms, no distinctive hips, nothing dangling between the legs or protruding from
the chest. Interesting. The other figure is almost impossible to see. It’s in
the dark spot. Masculine looking, his head is tilted toward his arm, which is
bent inward.


What does this all mean? And how did it get here? Which came
first, the painting or the room? If no one has been down here in at least a
hundred years, what could have been able to haul this? And how would it fit
down the spiral stairs? Was a cave dweller trapped down here long ago? Did that
person make it out alive? I haven’t found any bones… yet.

cave image


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  1. I really enjoyed the image as well as the post. A lot to ponder on… what comes first indeed ! #AtoZchallenge ☮Peace ☮ ღ ONE ℒℴνℯ ღ ☼ Light ☼ visiting from http://4covert2overt.blogspot.com/

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  2. Very intriguing!! Well done. 🙂
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    • J Lenni Dorner on April 18, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Thank you.

    • J Lenni Dorner on April 18, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Thanks so much.

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