Chapter 10 key controversy

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Chris Gonzalez Chapter 10 Key Controversy: Symbolism in Southern African Rock Art Wherever it occurs in the world, prehistoric rock art offers an intimate document of past  peoples; but due to the creators of the rock art not being around anymore the origin of the art  and the reason why it was made is not known. Research in southern Africa has now suggested  that much rock art has deep symbolic meaning, and provides evidence of the thought processes  of the society to which the artist belonged. From ethnohistorical and ethnographic sources, it  was apparent that a strong ritual relationship existed between the people and the eland, the 
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Unformatted text preview: animal serving as a link between the material and the spiritual worlds; the idealized and beautiful paintings providing ritual symbols that were a source of power. A central ritual for Bushman groups has been the trance dance, which is still practiced in the Kalahari. Lewis Williams was able to demonstrate that both the trance dance and the altered states of consciousness that it induced were depicted in the rock art of southern Africa. The art, it seems, was not merely a record but a stored source of potency that made the shamans’ contact with the spirit world possible....
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