Rock Art Stories

All paintings here are available as limited edition prints

Giraffe Are Considered Sacred By The Bushmen, Not Only Because Of The Supernatural Potency They Possess, But Also Because Their Spirits Are One Of The Rain-Animals Used By Shamans In Rain-Making Rituals. In The Past, Certain Groups Of Bushmen Used Curiosity To Lure These Graceful And Beautiful Animals To Their Death. They Would Take A Piece Of Flat Mica Rock, Which Is Highly Reflective, And Sit In A Tall Camel-Thorn Tree.
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AWAKENING LANDSCAPES OF SAN ROCK ART, The Memory Of The Ancient Soul Of Time.
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This Abstract Painting, On A Moulded Rock Surface, Shows Off An Owl. In The Night The OWL Or Night Eagle Comes From The Void Of The Shadow To Pounce On Its Pray, Its Sharp Hearing And Vision Senses Everything, Its Gaze SEES ITS TRUTH. OWL Soul Eclipsing Allows One To Transcend The Immature Duality Of Time, Transforming Your LIGHT To Live In Truth To ITSELF.
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Male And Female Lions Roam The African Plains, Creating A Sacred Balance For The Food Chain. Lion Wins The Prize For Most Relentless Fighter In The Face Of Challenge. The Lion Represents Courage And Strength In Overcoming Difficulties.
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Each Animal Of The Big 5 Is A Symbol Of A Different Potency Or Quality Of Africa, As Well As The Wealth Of Diversity Of Africa.
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The Elephant Remembers All Of The Grazing Lands And The Watering Holes From Which To Feed. It Can Also Remember A Threat Specifically, Like A Lion Or Poacher, Its Gift Is To Remember, By This Is Remembers Enemy And Foe.
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In Bushmen Culture, There Is No Separation Between The Trance State And The Dream State; Both Involve Accessing The Deeper, Sub-Conscious Spirit Mind.
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The Kudu Is Also A Sacred Animal To The Bushmen, And Contains Supernatural Potency Called !Noom.
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The San’s Universal SONG LINES Are Aligned To An Ancient Vibration Of Their Ancient LION SONG. The Ritual Dance Of This Music Calls In Courage And Strength For The San’s Soul To Return To Harmony And Balance With Its Environment. The San Bushmen TRANCE DANCE Of Africa Can Be Understood To Reflect The Feminine And Masculine Aspects Of The Most Ancient Universal Songs Of Time, The Intentions Of These Sacred
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Giraffe Are Considered Sacred By The Bushmen, Not Only Because Of The Supernatural Potency They Possess, But Also Because Their Spirits Are One Of The Rain-Animals Used By Shamans In Rain-Making Rituals.
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This Is An Inspired Abstract Composition Of The So Called Linton Panel, A Rock Painting
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The African Buffalo Is The Bringer Of Abundance And Freedom, Many Buffalo Were Depicted In Rock Art. Buffalo Brings The Feeling Of
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In The Well-Known Painting From Game Pass Shelter At Drakensberg, Is Commonly Referred To As The ‘Rosetta Stone’ Of South African Rock Art,
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Leopard Is So Very Elusive And Mysterious. Leopard’s Heart Is Of The Jungle And The Desert, She Can Be Very Near And Keeping Watchful Eye On You, You Will Never Know She Is There.
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Each Animal Of The Big 5 Is A Symbol Of A Different Potency Or Quality Of Africa, As Well As The Wealth Of Diversity Of Africa.
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According To African Mythology, The Zebra Is An Animal Not To Be Killed Or Eaten, But Instead An Animal To Be Protected. Unlike Certain Animals That Have Either Red Meat Or White Meat,
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This Lion Cub Is Dreaming Itself To Become An Adult Male That Will Have To Fight Its Way To Reach Respect From The Females Of The Pride, It Will Have To Fiercely Confront All That Apposes Him. Through The Lions Confidence He Brings Protection.
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This Painting, On A Moulded Rock Surface, Shows Off An Owl, Where From The Darkness Of The Night The Owl Pounces On Its Prey. Its Prey Has No Idea It Is About To Be Caught Due To The Fact That The Owl Is Silent In Flight. The Owl Is A Remarkable Creature Of Creation As It Has Developed Extra Sensory Ability,
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In This Abstract Painting Of A Very Beautiful African Women, The 7 Spirals Are The Seven Days Of The Creation Of The Universe, The Spiral Are The Galaxies That Gave Birth To The African Star Women
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This Abstract Face Is In Actual Fact The Representation By A Shona Artist Of The Mhondoro Or Tribal Spirit, Which Sean Has Painted On The
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The Elephant Remembers All Of The Grazing Lands And The Watering Holes From Which To Feed. It Can Also Remember A Threat Specifically,
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The White Lady

This exceptionally detailed painting comes from the Brandberg in Namibia. Even though it is still called ‘The White Lady’ it has been known for many years that the painting in actual fact depicts a male figure. Clues to this include the very obvious fact that he carries a bow and various arrows in his hand, objects only used by men the hunters, as well as the fact the he has a penis (not visible in this reproduction due to fading). He also carries a ritualistic object in his hand, which some have described as a cup of some sort, but it is most likely a fly-whisk. Again the word ‘fly-whisk’ is deceiving in terms of usage. A fly-whisk is in actual fact used for certain rituals, such as during a trance-dance, and is made from the tail of an animal, usually a wildebeest but it can also be another animal’s tail, such as a gemsbok.

The white on the lower half of
The body probably signifies initiation,

as this colour is often used by different tribes in Africa to represent this process of transition.

It could also represent potency, due to the fact that in bushmen rock art, white is reserved for special occasions and significant spiritual symbolism. Note also the very detailed and elaborate beadwork worn around the wrists, top of the arms, chest, waist and knees.

Made in South Africa

written by Gary Trower