Therianthropes in San rock art

dc.contributor.authorJolly, Pieter
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-17T09:07:48Z
dc.date.available2018-01-17T09:07:48Z
dc.date.issued2002
dc.date.updated2017-11-17T11:06:59Z
dc.description.abstractSan paintings of therianthropes, beings that combine human and non-human features, are described and analysed in order to formulate a theory concerning the meaning of these paintings for the people who made and viewed them. The range of therianthrope paintings is described. Four explanations, or theories, concerning the therianthropes are discussed and evaluated in relation to San religious rites and beliefs and the physical forms taken by therianthropes in the art. These explanations or theories focus respectively on animal-masked/costumed shamans, shamans transformed into animals or other creatures while in altered states, the spirits of dead shamans and the human-animal beings of San myths. Physical as well as deeper, structural, conceptual correspondences between these classes of beings in San religious thought indicate that they are all related and relevant to the way in which we should interpret the therianthropes. The kingdoms are artificial constructions designed by human beings in an effort to cope with the tremendous diversity of the living world. They are not rules of nature. (Keeton 1972: 703).
dc.identifierhttp://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3888859
dc.identifier.apacitationJolly, P. (2002). Therianthropes in San rock art. <i>South African Archaeological Bulletin</i>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26837en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationJolly, Pieter "Therianthropes in San rock art." <i>South African Archaeological Bulletin</i> (2002) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26837en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationJolly, P. (2002). Therianthropes in San rock art. The South African Archaeological Bulletin, 85-103.
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Jolly, Pieter AB - San paintings of therianthropes, beings that combine human and non-human features, are described and analysed in order to formulate a theory concerning the meaning of these paintings for the people who made and viewed them. The range of therianthrope paintings is described. Four explanations, or theories, concerning the therianthropes are discussed and evaluated in relation to San religious rites and beliefs and the physical forms taken by therianthropes in the art. These explanations or theories focus respectively on animal-masked/costumed shamans, shamans transformed into animals or other creatures while in altered states, the spirits of dead shamans and the human-animal beings of San myths. Physical as well as deeper, structural, conceptual correspondences between these classes of beings in San religious thought indicate that they are all related and relevant to the way in which we should interpret the therianthropes. The kingdoms are artificial constructions designed by human beings in an effort to cope with the tremendous diversity of the living world. They are not rules of nature. (Keeton 1972: 703). DA - 2002 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - South African Archaeological Bulletin LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2002 T1 - Therianthropes in San rock art TI - Therianthropes in San rock art UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26837 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/26837
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationJolly P. Therianthropes in San rock art. South African Archaeological Bulletin. 2002; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26837.en_ZA
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Archaeologyen_ZA
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Scienceen_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.sourceSouth African Archaeological Bulletin
dc.source.urihttp://www.jstor.org/journal/soutafriarchbull
dc.subject.othertherianthropes
dc.subject.otherSan
dc.subject.otherreligion
dc.titleTherianthropes in San rock art
dc.typeJournal Article
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