Trois Freres's Shaman

Trois Freres's caves in France contain stunning images. This is a short discussion about the paintings. What was their significance?

Cave paintings have great power. They are one of the most direct ways to touch our ancestors. Men and women who used primitive means would be more aware of the world around them than we do. The nature of their lives would have caused them to be more in touch with seasons and life forms. Life and death depend on knowledge of food and seasonal changes. Was this the cause of cave paintings?

Deep in the Trois Freres (Three Brothers) Caves In France, visitors can see epidemic ancient images and animals. One such issue is particularly attractive international attention. Many people think this is the first depiction of a shaman.

When I first saw these caves in France, I was shocked by their graphic character. The images of cattle and other animals that raise the middle shape up the cave face are now dim, but they are neatly drawn.

The central shape is about 2 feet tall or 70 cm tall. Its appearance is a strange, partly human being. On his head deer horn, probably reindeer, his mask is owl eyes, he seems to have a long beard. His hands are hidden between the lion or bear pins. Her back is like an animal, is she an animal? The tail is like a fox that covers his erect penis.

My pet veteran copy is as follows:


There are many comments and speculations about the true nature of this number. It is commonly accepted that he is in mask and animal disguise. There are some spiritual / magical significance that are understandable to the animals around them. He is also widely thought to be a shaman.

Under the shaman, a lot of animals are on the top. It's almost like a sketch. I know sometimes I draw in this way. Trying shapes and shapes sometimes flow the pencil at other times it looks much harder to achieve the desired effect. As I cut it, the page will be full of overlapping images that are too busy to cope with it. Ideas and Markings. The place to be returned in the future, where a captured image has to be processed.

But this is for me and sometimes many other modern artists. What is the artist in the darkness of the caves? These pictures were 14,000 years ago or more. Who knows?

Can we assume that the Paleolithic artist did not have the same idea as now? Art is for us the inclusion, the expression, our inner nature, and sometimes the divine reflection. What were these artists who expressed or communicated?

Accepts one thing before I resume this vein. It seems that certain artist talents are used by the artist at this time to use quality painting and the use of serial presentations. Often the numbers are enhanced by the sprayed paint in the tube, the paint spilled out of the mouth. Did these artists form part of the magical process, or were they paid in some way? Did they come inside the trunk or elsewhere? Did shaman create art for his own rituals?

Most of these questions are impossible to answer. It is possible to use the knowledge of tribal peoples and their traditions.

The shaman or healer or priest / holy man / woman is a figure that still exists in some cultures. In fact, shamanic knowledge is transferred to some of the Western cultures. Anthropologists have documented shamanic practices over the past 150 years.

Cross-country shamanic exercises have many common features. The shaman relates to the world of the soul. The shaman entering the trance enters the other world and communicates with the spirit of animals or ancestors. These ghost leaders help shaman solve the problems of individuals or groups. The spirit world is divided into three parts:

The middle ground we live in

The underworld earth of spirits and dead

The Flesh is the place of Gods and Guardians

To get the status of trance, the shaman has many methods, dance, meditation and drugs are the most important. When you enter the other world, the shaman is seeking his spirit to help him solve his mission.

In these early times, as in the last recorded events, the shaman would be in contact with the spirits of the animals that he would kill or kill. Maintaining balance is necessary for the order of nature. In times of inadequacy he communicates with the spirits to help him bring the food to his people. In the meantime, he began to sing for rain.

It still does not answer the question of why these images are hidden deep in a dark cave, away from prying eyes. As the shaman enters the trance, it begins the way to the underworld that the cave represents well. Pictures on the walls are pictures that are visible during the journey. This is simply a way of recording a spiritual journey. Holding the pictures. Even new entrants can be used as teaching tools. Sometimes there are so many overlapping animals.

You can imagine the impact these paintings for a primitive visit to the cave. In the dim light the images would be lighter and lighter than today. The shaman was well dressed as the picture. The drum will rotate. The incense burns. Of course, a great environment that creates hallucinatory experiences or, if you like, starts the journey to the spirit world.

There are several other portraits of what they named Animal Masters in European and Asian caves. They relate to Scandinavian mythology and to crunchy and deer figurines belonging to Greek mythology. Whatever the real explanation, you can let your imagination run through opportunities and undoubtedly increase my speculation.

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