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Old 18-11-2007, 09:54 AM   #60
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Originally Posted by celtic isis View Post
ok found this link with background to the valley...

Certain motifs recur throughout the valley. Most common are horned animals, probably bovine, with long, imposing horns, U-shaped or sometimes twisted -- indicative, perhaps, of the ancient cult of the bull that flourished around the Mediterranean basin. Sometimes pictures show a yoked team and apparent plow, thought to be fertility cult symbols. Researchers have uncovered no trace either of bovine animals or agriculture in this high, barren valley, supporting the theory that this was a place to invoke divine protection for the crops and livestock raised in the valleys below.

Numerous pictures show weapons and tools -- daggers, axes, scythes. Oval or oblong shapes, filled in with crisscrossed lines, are thought to represent enclosures for livestock, or perhaps land divided into different holdings, or possibly the earth itself. There are also suns, stars and spirals. Anthropomorphic figures, some of which are very striking, are relatively rare among all the rest. Despite Mrs. Baringo's attempts to direct us to one of the valley's most famous anthropomorphic figures, we did not find it, though we discovered plenty of other petroglyphs.

Departing from the trail, he led us first to the figure dubbed the Sorcerer (le Sorcier), a bearded face with hands erect above its head, brandishing a pair of daggers -- an image of primal force. Another, popularly called le Christ or le Mage Christiform, has the broad forehead, narrow jaw and beard of some conventional images of Christ, but this pagan character has three eyes. We were unable to see the Chief of the Tribe (le Chef de Tribu), which was concealed under a deep snowbank. Reproductions of it show a complete figure, feet turned inward and fingers spread apart. Over the chest hangs a sort of bag or ornament, and there appears to be a large dagger fixed into the head.

Nearly all the human figures seem to have some priestly appearance -- images perhaps of those who addressed the gods. But why these daggers, brandished or protruding from the head? Was there a rite involving human sacrifice? We had already noticed the prevalence of dagger images; during the centuries when the engravings were made, metal came increasingly into use. Perhaps the metal blade, embodying new degrees of power, itself became the object of a cult. Archeologists puzzle over these questions.
Yes, alot of stuff must have happened here, as the names on these locations

....Why else would a mountain be named the peak of the devil (la Cime du Diable)? Why lakes of the devil (les Lacs du Diable) or a vale of hell (le Vallon d'Enfer)?.....
thanks for posting this celtic


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