It was a worldwide practice that was spiritually ingrained within early humanity itself for at least 500,000 years and probably much earlier than that judging from all the artifacts that I have collected and examined over the years. The patterns are all the same with little exception. All rocks have reddish coloration to indicate blood loss and spirit loss from the hunted animal, often at the base of the carved animal on the rock but elsewhere as well. All rocks have a selected area that is smoothed from rubbing (usually small that will fit a finger perfectly) so much so it is often glass like and if it is sandstone like rock and lacks red, the red ocher is imparted and rubbed deeply into the grains of sand to the point it is relatively permanent. This spiritual force was so powerful that as early humanity branched off from all it's many early prototypes (many who are now extinct), this bonding practice with the spirit world (recycling of animal spirits) was carried with it forward and intact to future generations uninterrupted. I was stunned to find this out as I examined artifact after artifact and equally stunned that no one else had ever bothered to look at all the plentiful evidence and figure it out, even though the evidence was overwhelmingly abundant and hiding in plan sight. I guess no one else has my level of observation skills at least that is what my wife keeps telling me because I actually get upset about this. I'm still dumbfounded over this fact. At some point during the the development of agriculture (which lent itself to a sedentary lifestyle) and at some point due to the poor results gained from this spiritual practice in attempting to generate abundant game,, this practice was discontinued (6,000 to 10,000 years ago). Having said this, this is an astronomy forum and as such I probably should not be laying out this thesis here but elsewhere. I will attempt to show some artifacts within this astronomy forum that are exclusive to "space rocks" or meteorites and tektites (I have some beautiful Libyan glass carved into an elephant heads complete with a much smaller figures carved within (spirit) and of coarse hundreds and hundreds of meteorites carved into the shapes of mammoths and elephants (heads and full bodies) etc. from across the world. By the way I sent a lot of pictures to the "starman", vendor and major contributor within this astronomy website. I found out in a discussion that at one time he was an anthropology student and I thought he would find some select specimens (about 50) interesting to view. He knows about my awesome collection...just saying. In closing some of my favorite animal figurines were carved from the Neanderthals...they had awesome talent and the colored rock selection was superb as well. BEAUTIFUL RED and YELLOW MOUNTAIN JASPER COMBINATIONS. Just look at all the highly polished specimens up for sale on several bid sights. If it is polished and most of them are, then...it's a spiritual piece. I never could understand why people try to assign a tool use to these pieces as they completely lack any sharp edge for cutting or any type of micro-fracturing that would result from pounding or heavy duty utilitarian use. I guess everyone else is blinded by consensus thinking This view escapes me. These pieces come up for sale all the time on the internet on major websites, KUDOS! Brad
Edited by blc111, 14 October 2018 - 04:28 PM.