Archaeology Were cavemen painting for their gods?

Discussion in 'Archaeology' started by mscbkc070904, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    The meaning of Ice Age art has been endlessly debated, but evidence is increasing that some was religiously motivated, says Paul Bahn

    At least 70,000 years ago, our ancestors began to adorn their bodies with beads, pendants and perhaps tattoos; by 35,000 years ago, they had begun to paint and engrave animals, people and abstract motifs on cave walls, like those in Lascaux, France, and Altamira in Spain. They sculpted voluptuous figurines in ivory or stone, such as the Venus of Willendorf.

    Ever since Ice Age art began to be discovered a century ago, people have wondered what it meant. How could we understand what these early artists were trying to express? Many theories have been put forward – "art for art's sake", totemism, hunting magic and so on.

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  2. Tebbo

    Tebbo Member

    Ha, "art for art's sake" has always been my favorite. Just like the unexplained mysteries of Stonehedge people always argue over its reason. They all say why, I say, "Why not?".

    Perhaps we will never know but you must ask yourself, is it really important? Will this not be lost in the hundreds of artwork of the God's anyway? Will this truly add anything important or relevant to today's society?

    Questions I think people should ask when they think of these theories.
     
  3. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    Stonehenge, IMO, was a bunch of people who thought it would be cool to erect stones and make people wonder in the future, what happened here? Whats weird is how it survived all those centuries without being knocked over, destroyed or what have you.