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Part of the main panel at Game Pass, in the Drakensberg Mts, Natal, South Africa. The image shows a number of eland (large antelope) superimposed over several disproportionate karossed (cloaked) people. Further hunters can be seen running madly across the background, and a number of older paintings, now washed away, show as cleaner white shapes on the shelter wall.

That is the first clue that this is not a simple composition: in fact it is a collage of superimposed images: it is believed that superimposition perhaps reinforces the magical power of the image. We are in any case dealing not with the real world here, but with the spirit world and the (white-faced) shamans who are interacting with it. (for further explanation, see my picture “An entrancing tail” at http://www.redbubble.com/people/trobe/works/636... )


The shelter at Game Pass is one of hundreds found along the upper sandstones of the Drakensberg – appropriately the beds are known as the “Cave Sandstones” This area of the mountains has some of the best preserved polychrome prehistoric art in the country.
Taken on a visit in 1980.

Comments

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 4 years ago

  • leunig
    leunigabout 4 years ago


    beautiful work

  • J J  Everson
    J J Eversonalmost 4 years ago

  • Nancy Richard
    Nancy Richardover 3 years ago

    This is fascinating information and the photo is well deserving of the features!!!

  • Thanks, Nancy – there’s more on my other rock art photos … but if you want the whole theory, David Lewis-Williams first developed these ideas and is very readable, on the whole.

    – trobe

  • trobe
    trobeover 3 years ago


    You are a runner-up in our “Prehistory” challenge. Well Done!

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 3 years ago

  • shadowlea
    shadowleaover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS … well done

  • machka
    machkaover 3 years ago

    Fascinating stuff!

  • Baina Masquelier
    Baina Masquelierover 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this stunning photograph with us and congratulations with the features!

  • Thanks, both for the comment and the favourite! And good luck with your photo scanning and slide restoration – you remind me I must do some more myself!

    – trobe

  • MaryinMaine
    MaryinMaineabout 3 years ago

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