'Sistine Chapel of the ancients' rock art discovered in remote Amazon forest (Guardian)

Tens of thousands of ice age paintings across a cliff face shed light on people and animals from 12,500 years ago

Speculating on whether the paintings had a sacred or other purpose, he said: “It’s interesting to see that many of these large animals appear surrounded by small men with their arms raised, almost worshipping these animals.” Observing that the imagery includes trees and hallucinogenic plants, he added: “For Amazonian people, non-humans like animals and plants have souls, and they communicate and engage with people in cooperative or hostile ways through the rituals and shamanic practices that we see depicted in the rock art.”

#Culture #Art #History