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 Post subject: Art symbols found in Bhimbetka, India
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 9:55 am 
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There appear to be some similarities to WingMaker pictures.
Never used this forum before, so hope this comes through.

http://www.exoticindia.com/artimages/bhimbetka.jpg

Shiva in Rock Shelter Drawings

The rock-shelter settler seems to have been the first to have
visually realized Shiva. Living on animals - by hunting or by
taming them, the cave dweller saw in Shiva the archer as well as the keeper of herds. The known anthropologist and archaeologist Dr. V. S. Wakankar has reported from Bhimbetka rock shelters in Madhya Pradesh (cave II E-19 and III E-15) two figures - one, that of a bow and arrow bearing dancer,

Illustration: http://www.exoticindia.com/artimages/bhimbetka.jpg

and the other, that of an awe-striking god who could be no other than the subsequent awful Rudra. The dancing figure has in its crown the motif of a deer, much the same as carries Shiva in one of his hands in his Nataraja manifestation. The earliest of the Bhimbetka murals date back to around 10,000 B. C., but Dr. Wakankar considers the drawings portraying the aforementioned two figures as subsequently added, sometime in between 3000 to 1900
B. C. Nonetheless these figures of Shiva - as the archer and the great dancer, are his so far reported earliest manifestations.


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