Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Grok! What Have You Done to Gorag's Cave?

I came upon this article at the online Discovery News site Cave Art: Prehistoric Teen Graffiti? and how could I not blog about it?

For the better part of my adult life I have read these deep and sensitive explanations of the cave paintings - how significant and religious they were. It was like the wall paintings were the pre-historic equivalent of a diver "imaging" the perfect dive or a golfer "imaging" the perfect swing. Now someone has put forth the hypothesis that these were teenagers simply expressing themselves as teens do - today they have tatoos and piercings and brightly colored hair, back in the Stone Age it was cave painting animals "blood pouring out of their mouths and noses." They sat around afterwards telling the paleolithic version of Freddy Kruger stories...this sounds very familiar to someone who reared a son.

Interesting, too, is how not once did I see in my college textbooks descriptions of cave paintings that were anything resembling this:

"Female images dominate and are nude, almost every one full-figured above and below," said Guthrie. "Unlike the other animals, the sculpted, engraved and painted human females and female parts are sometimes done schematically, distilling and inflating the primary and secondary sex characters."

I think I took Bowdlerized Anthro 101.


Frank Baron said...

It's all so very clear to me now. They were obviously visionaries - channeling a future Pamela Anderson.

Dawno said...

Or perhaps Raquel Welch in that classic movie 1,000,000 B.C?

Anne C. Watkins said...

Kids! You'd think they'd have better things to do than leave graffiti all over the place.

Or maybe the artists were the Hefners of their day. lol

D.T. Kelly said...

What if, when we're dead and long gone, the only thing found of our civilization is a copy of Atlanta Nights by Travis Tea? Think Tea would be the Shakespeare of our time? :)

Dawno said...

Dan - that seriously worries me.

Anne - could be. Then again, there's probably the 21st century version of it on the boys' bathroom walls everywhere...