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Sid Tafler

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What does cave art mean to you?

Stone Age art has fascinated people around the world since some of the first discoveries of cave paintings in France and Spain in the 19th century.
The recent Werner Herzog film "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," showcasing the spectacular panels of lions and horses at Chauvet, brought new attention to Paleolithic art.
If you haven't gazed into the deep past recently, do a web search for Lascaux, Chauvet or Altamira cave.

What do these arts forms mean to you?
Do you find them beautiful, primitive, artistically inspired, or something less?
Are these drawings art for art sake, an attempt by Paleolithic people to reproduce the world they experienced?
Or do they have some deep cosmic or spiritual significance?
Why did these people of 15,000 to 30,000 years ago often create these works in places that were difficult to access?
Were they trying to communicate with each other, access worlds beyond their own, or engage in hunting magic?
Or were they just enjoying themselves scratching and drawing on cave walls?


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      May 23 2012: Plus the whole thing is emanating from a water source (now dry of course) at a center which is in keeping with the symbolic function of Mem, (or water) that consciousness is the source which the VEDAS insist is the source of "creation". Now the definition of consciousness becomes rather controversial in this day and age and ripe for further further debate. In the book 25 Big Ideas, the author discusses that today's consensus is that it is not about being conscious or not, rather the level of consciousness. Like for instance we are highly conscious of so many details in our environment whereas a sunflower is conscious of where the sun is, but is conscious perhaps of only that. The Caves are really really interesting in that you can see it as primitive art OR something else depending on how much you know.

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