Symbols and Images of Thor's Cycle
Rock art is found in many parts of the world, and some is considered to date back to 40,000 years before present however, many of the examples are believed to have been made around 14,000 to 15,000 years before present. There are many examples in Africa, Australia, Russia, Asia, and Western Europe whose age approximate one another as well as subject matter and tool modes.
Archaeological scholars believe that such early art forms were an attempt by man to control his environment, especially in getting food. But while the exact reasons early humans painted are not fully understood, it is apparent that this activity was associated with the development of human expression through the use of symbols and representative images. Man was developing in abstract thinking and with that expansion of thought, also expanded his capacity to record events and more, in the first kinds of written language.
Petroglyph found in Galicia, Spain. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)
The fact that this development occurred virtually simultaneously in far distance locations around the world when there was no known physical contact between the people of those places remains an unanswered question to archaeological scholars.
A comparison of recently "re-discovered" rock carvings (petroglyphs) in Egypt and well known European Pleistocene Art revealed striking similarities not only in form and content, but also in age. Both the Qurta location (Egypt) and those of Lascaux and Altamira (Europe) are believed to date back to around 15,000 years before present. This ancient artwork depicts surprisingly realistic, well formed images of animals as well as more abstract symbols.
This Egyptian rock art had been previously mostly unknown or ignored because there was no explanation that would not upset conventional timelines. But its recent rediscovery once again challenges the ideas of how such seemingly identical cultures existed without any apparent interaction between them. There still remains the possibility that during, what is considered to be no more than an early "stone age", there was travel and interaction between groups of people from Egypt and Europe because of the land connection. However, in rock art of similar age that is also similar in theme and form but is so far distant, as Australia for instance, physical contact is less likely to have occurred.
Late Pleistocene Rock Art in Australian - Echidna (Image Courtesy of Zookeys)
|| 11 Jul 07: Rock face drawings and etchings recently rediscovered in southern Egypt are similar in age and style to the iconic Stone Age cave paintings in Lascaux, France, and Altamira, Spain, archaeologists say.....The engravings-estimated to be about 15,000 years old-were chiseled into several sandstone cliff faces at the village of Qurta, about 400 miles (640 kilometers) south of Cairo.....There is "little doubt" the engravings are 15,000-years-old, Huyge said. They depict a now extinct species of wild cow whose horns have been recovered from Paleolithic settlements nearby.....the finding has raised a big question: How were people in Western Europe and southern Egypt producing almost identical artwork at the same time? While the caves at Lascaux are best known for their painted images of bulls and cows, that artwork is actually outnumbered by stone engravings. And the Lascaux engravings are virtually identical to those in Qurta, Huyge pointed out. I'm not suggesting that the art in the caves of Lascaux was made by Egyptians or that [European] people were in Egypt," he said. "The art is so similar that it reflects a similar mentality, a similar stage of development," he added. "When people are confronted with similar conditions, this will automatically lead to a similar kind of thinking, a similar creativity..... "||
Photo by Dirk Huyg
There is, however, information available in Oahspe that can help to explain similarities across cultures which had no apparent interaction in various periods of history, including the above mentioned periods of Pleistocene Rock Art. Oahspe shows that the development of humans was, and continues, to progress under spiritual guidance. Oahspe's revelations have shown that through the united and concerted actions of the Gods and Lords and their hosts of angels of the various divisions of the earth and its heavens, humankind has been cultivated through the presence of angels to develop at appropriate levels of progress, even though no interaction or exchange of culture between mortals occurred. Thus the connection, being one of spirit, was often achieved without physical interaction between similar cultures located far distant from one another.
Oahspe also reveals that, since the flood (The Submersion of Pan around 25,000 years ago), it was from Arabin'ya (Egypt and the Middle East), westward that many of the descendents of the tribes of Ham (Khem is a cognate of this ancient name), survivors of the flood, were migrating. It should not then, be surprising that even in pre-historical artifacts, there is evidence of the waves of culture spreading North and West.
In particular, the apparent age (15,000 years) of the afore-mentioned rock carvings in Egypt, coincide with Oahspe's information regarding Thor's cycle on the earth (beginning circa 15,400 years ago). During this cycle of approx 3,000 years, humankind all over the world was given signs and symbols from which sprung modern man's written languages (Although not the first writing among men - the I'hin, the sacred little people, had writing since before the flood).
Oahspe's unique knowledge is validated in the corroborating details of these petroglyph discoveries because none of these sites were known to modern scholars at the time that Oahspe was written. Lascaux was discovered in 1940 and Altamira (the first one) had only been discovered in 1880, but was believed to be a fraud until around 1902 when other caves had been found which corroborated such unusual art-forms. Herein it is shown that Oahspe, from the spirit, has revealed what was yet to be found in physical evidence many years later.
Oahspe, The Lord's Fourth Bk, 17/1.2-6.
||God said: Behold, with my sacred people I have established myself in written words.
Now it has come to pass that all the races of man on earth shall be made to know me.
sGod commanded man to make stone and wooden images, and engravings also, of
everything upon the earth. And so man made them; according to his own knowledge he made them.
God said: As every living creature has a name, so shall its image and its engraving have the
same name. And so shall it be with all things on the earth, in its waters, and in the air above the earth;
the image and the engravings shall have the same names as the real things themselves.
And God sent his angels down to man, to inspire him in the workmanship of images and engravings, and man thus accomplished the commandments of God.
And these were the first writings since the flood, other than those that were kept secret among the I'hins.||
All Oahspe references are from the Oahspe Standard Edition 2007