Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Prehistoric Paintings Reveal Native Americans' Cosmology

This art features a bird holding ceremonial maces and a ceremonial monolithic axe transforming into a human face. 

(ISNS) -- A large, sophisticated civilization that once built one of the largest cities in the world left behind hundreds of works of art, carved or painted on rocks in the open air or deep in caves in the Appalachian Mountains in the Southeastern United States, archaeologists have reported.

That art work, some of it 6,000 years old, tells a unified story, the view the Native Americans had of the universe they lived in, according to archaeologists. It was a layered cosmology, similar to civilizations from ancient Greece to modern religions, full of spirits -- good and evil -- and colors -- dark and light.

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