Rock Paintings From the Paleolithic age and Mesolithic Age
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Today we are going to talk about the rock paintings from the paleolithic age and Mesolithic age. Just to refresh, Paleolithic age began some 2 million years ago and ended 10,000 years before present and Mesolithic age starting coincides with the end of Paleolithic age and lasted till 5000 or 4000 BC. Now the prehistoric man tried a lot to express his feelings and conditions through rock paintings. He did not have social media apps for sure, ” feeling alone with priyanka and 21 others.” have not been found written anywhere. Rock Paintings From the Paleolithic age and Mesolithic Age
Most of the rock paintings in India are found in Vindhya mountains of the central India. This was so as the rocks from the Vindhya mountains were soft and were prone to erosion/weathering as a natural phenomenon under the effect of weather. Now big rocks, when eroded and slipped came to rest against other rocks, thus forming natural caves.
Another reason may be that prehistoric sites in central India such as Bhimbetka, lush with vegetation, perennial rivers accompanied with wildlife must have attracted the prehistoric man just like a house on a beach shore, with a life time supply of money with an wi-fi connection is the desire of a modern man.
Now the rock paintings of the late Paleolithic age and Mesolithic age were influenced with the surrounding of the prehistoric man. As he relied on gathering of food and mainly hunting, he depicted hunting scenes in his art. A great variety of animals are depicted such as buffalo, deer, boar, rhino,tiger are depicted. Lakhajuar, a site near Bhimbetka, has fishing scenes in common. The animals are depicted in various postures such as standing, running, grazing, hunting etc.
Hunting scenes are the most common, humans were represented in stick like shape carrying tools such as arrow, stick, spear, blades etc. There were sometimes a single individual hunting or a group of individuals hunting a herd of animals. Now there are evidences that they had a proper plan about how to lure prey. A hunting scene depicts a group of hunters chasing down a group of animals towards the end of a steep cliff to meet its end( deadly and efficient). Their hunting scenes of larger animals as well such as rhinos and elephants.
Male dominating society in the prehistoric age
At Bhimbetka there is a portrayal of man, eating food with a women and child in a separate house. This gives the earliest evidence of the concept of family. Women are never shown as hunting dangerous beasts. they are shown catching fishes and trapping mouses. They are always portrayed in doing less hazardous work such as food gathering, processing food on stone querns and mullers. Women are shown in state of pregnancy or nursing a child. A painting shows abduction of females by excited males which may suggest a marriage ceremony or a tribal war.
Ritual and spiritual senses can also be drawn from the paintings. There are depictions of hunters wearing masks which may suggest of a tribal ceremony after a big hunt. Dancing scenes are also depicted and a tribal mythology in Bhimbetka about a beast half bull half boar chasing off a human and a large crab.
Also read: The Mesolithic age
Lets end here… I hope I continue in future.