• Reflections on Palaeolithic Cave Art, Girls at Puberty and the Origin of Religion

    Author(s):
    Darshi Arachige (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    Anthropology
    Subject(s):
    Anthropology, Prehistoric art, Religion
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Archaeology of Religion, Art history
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6T692
    Abstract:
    It is not a stretch of imagination to link seclusion of girls at puberty with the Palaeolithic cave art. The widely accepted view about cave art suggests that the cave artists had been shamans. This shamanic origin can imply that the religion emerged in the times when the cave artists were active. It has already been posited in the relevant literature that the Venus figurines representing mobile art of the period suggests their connection to the rites of girls at puberty. This paper explores the possibility that there could have been a link between the cave artists and the girls at puberty. This connection means that the religion might have started with an association to the girls’ puberty rites.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Pub. DOI:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2668892
    Journal:
    SSRN Electronic Journal
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 weeks ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives

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