Mirror Reflections – Somalia and Russia


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Life in Somalia

A galaxy of colorful animal and human sketches adorn the caves in the rocky hills of this arid wilderness in northern Somalia, home to Africa’s earliest known and most pristine rock art.

But in a region ravaged by two decades of relentless civil unrest and lawlessness, the archaeological site is at risk of destruction, looting and clandestine excavation.
The 10 caves in Laas Geel, Somali for “camel watering hole”, outside Hargeisa, the capital of Somalia’s self-declared Somaliland state, show vivid depictions of a pastoralist history dating back some 5,000 years or more.
The paintings were discovered in 2002 by a French archaeology team and have since been protected to bar looters after their value became clear to locals who previously feared they were the work of evil spirits.
“The people around here thought the caves had evil spirits and never used to come near. They offered sacrifices not to be harmed,” recounted Ali Said, an assistant archaeologist with the Somaliland government.

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Life in Russia

Petroglyphs of Karelia – a unique ancient rock paintings that were found on the shores of Lake Onega and the White Sea. Petroglyphs of Karelia belong to the Neolithic period (about IV – II in BC). The Character images fully convey the diverse flora and fauna of the area among the drawings can be seen images of animals, birds, people, small household items and so on. The Petroglyphs of Karelia, which line the shore of Lake Onega stretch for 20 kilometers, it’s a veritable museum of ancient art in the open air. Together with the environment of this picturesque edge of the lake where the petroglyphs of Karelia are create a truly amazing impression. Studies have shown that the knocked out petroglyphs were done with strong stone tools to a depth of about 2 mm. All of these images, of which there are more than a thousand, including along the lower reaches of the river Vig (before the place where it flows into the White Sea). Cave paintings are almost always created near the level of the water, where the stones were the most smooth and clean, not covered with lichens.

With regard to technology implementation of images and representations of people of that time about the proportions and other important components of the fine arts, we can say that the forms were deliberately distorted, skillfully interwoven with some fantastic images. The data suggests that these people were not alien to abstract thinking, they had an enviable share of creativity. Termination knocking drawings, according to scientists, was due precisely to the beginning of the dominance of verbal communication and the role of the word, which replaced the creative vision of the world. For more information see here.

 

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7 thoughts on “Mirror Reflections – Somalia and Russia

    1. I’ve been waiting to find a way to share about the petroglyhs in Karelia, just didn’t think it would happen this way. But then again find commonality between Somalia and Russia would be very hard otherwise.

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