Museum of the Origins of Man



UPPER PALEOLITHIC CAVE PAINTINGS OF MEN AND ANIMALS





Fig. F37) Dancing witch-doctor.
Cave wall painting.
Trois Freres, France.
Magdalenian civilization.
Upper Paleolithic.
Two-dimensional art in the Nihowan tradition. The term "witch doctor" was given by the great paletnologist Abbe' Breuil, who made this drawing from the cave original. Maybe it was the witch-doctor himself that made the painting and also painted many animals. Only 100 years ago, among Australian Aborigines, witch doctors were still physicians and dentists and the same kind of two-dimensional zoomorphic and anthropomorphic art was in use. In modern civilizations, religious practices are the domain of priests of the religion, priests who, in their function, are an evolution of the witch doctor. The term witch doctor, though, seems rather disparaging to me.





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