Throwback Thursday - Let's go way back- like to 13,000BC

May 21, 2015

​When we throwback, we mean it!  During the Paleolithic era, humans produced their earliest known works of art and music. The caves of Les Trois Frères have an illustration, as seen above, which is often referred to as the first image of a musician or shaman. One may even consider the original artist the first Stanley Mouse if they subscribe to this interpretation.
 
Many sites of Prehistoric rock art happen to be natural echo chambers, perhaps playing a role in why early man chose these locations for their rituals. It's quite possible that the acoustic effects created the sense that these locations were naturally connected to the spirit world. Sounds like our early ancestors knew a thing or two about how to pick a great venue.
 
Les Trois Frères was discovered in 1914, and most of the pictures of animals, together with a couple of therianthropes (half-human, half-animal figures), are located on the walls of a deep interior chamber known as the "Sanctuary." This area is filled with some 280 often-overlapping engraved figures of bison, horses, stags, reindeer, ibex and mammoths. 
 
The therianthrope above, know​n​ as  “The ​D​ancing ​S​haman of Les Trois ​​Frère," shows a figure, surrounded by a seething mass of bison, rhinos and horses. He is bull-like, complete with horns and a furry ridged back. He rises up on his hind feet, one leg bent in stride or dance. A long, thin object protrudes from his mouth (or nostrils) as if he is playing upon a reed pipe or some instrument.