We all love a good mystery, right? We seem to be especially fascinated by some of the artwork left by our ancient ancestors.
Trouble is, there are sometimes problems that come from trying to understand just what these pieces of art mean. There, my friends, lies the mystery! I think that if you study this drawing I found over at Listverse, you'll see what I mean!
White Shaman Rock
Photo credit: National Parks Service
The ancient cultures of the Americas still hold many secrets, and one way to decode them is by studying rock paintings. Near the Pecos River in Texas’s Lower Pecos Canyon is one of the oldest and most significant of these paintings—the White Shaman. A 7-meter (24 ft) artwork dated to over 4,000 years ago, the White Shaman is thought to offer information regarding an ancient lost religion.
Controversy surrounds the rock painting’s meaning. Up until recently, most archaeologists agreed that the artwork depicted five human figures in battle or during a pre-battle ritual. However, one archaeologist now claims it shows people communicating with the spirit world, specifically through the use of peyote.
My take on this is that the artist was definitely on something, or was a really bad artist! What do I know, though? They might have been considered quite good by their tribe, ya know?
Coffee out on the patio this morning. It's already heating up, but we have plenty of shade for now.