Animals and spirituality

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Article reads: These images take the form of cave paintings, carvings, sculptures, and engravings. Very few depictions involve humans, plants, landscapes, shelters, tools, or weapons, showing how important knowledge about animals was to the survival of our species. The communication of information about animals apparently involved ritual or spiritual belief so, for example, the placement of paintings in caves is correlated with the location of points of acoustic resonance, where music or singing would heighten the impact of the information. Animal bones—particularly those of bears— were sometimes marked with ochre, again suggesting a reverence or special treatment of the remains of that animal.

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