By Mircea Eliade
Publish yr note: initially released in French less than the
title Histoire des croyances et des idees religieuses. Vol. 1: De [,age de l. a. pierre
aux mysteres d'Eleusis Payot, Paris, 1976.
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Reichel-Dolmatoff, "Notas sobre el simbolismo religioso de los Indios de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Maria," Razon y Fabula, Revista de la Universidad de los Andes, no. 1 (1967), pp. 55-72. 12 THE PALEANTHROPIANS follow, and finally all withdraw. The ceremony has continued for two hours. As Reichel-Dolmatoff observes, a future archeologist, excavating the grave, will find only a skeleton with its head toward the East and some stones and shells. The rites, and especially the implied religious ideology, are no longer recoverable on the basis of these remains.
He has further been able to show the unity of this symbolic language, from the Franco-Cantabrian region to Siberia. By making use of topographical and statistical. ) and the signs are interchangeable; for example, the image of a bison has the same (" female") value as "wounds" or other geometrical signs. He then observed that there is a pairing of male-female values, for example, bison (female) and horse (male). Deciphered in the light of this symbolism, the cave proves to be a world both organized and laden with meanings.
MiillerKarpe, Halldbuch der Vorgeschichte, vol. 1, pp. ; H. Pohlhausen, "Zum Motiv der Rentierversenkung," pp. 988-89; J. Maringer, "Die Opfer der palaolitischen Menschen," pp. 266 if. 30 MESOLITHIC AND NEOLITHIC deposits. For sacrifice by immersion is amply documented, and at different periods, from northern Europe to India. 2 The lake of Stellmoor was probably considered a sacred place by the Mesolithic hunters. Rust collected various objects from the deposit: wooden arrows, bone tools, axes made from reindeer antlers.