Images of Power: Understanding Bushman Rock Art, David Lewis-Williams & Thomas Dowson
1989, Southern Book Publishers, Johannesburg, cloth, d/j
186 pages, 28 color & 5 b/w photos, 84 illustrations, 3 maps, 7-1/2" x 9-1/2"
This title and edition is out-of-print and out-of-stock.
For many years, it was thought that the true meaning of Bushman rock art was irretrievably lost.
The authors of this work have drawn on comprehensive and unpublished records of Bushman beliefs recorded in the 1870s.
Essentially the work of shamans, these striking pieces of art depict trance visions and symbols of supernatural potency.
The records of Bushman beliefs, coupled with neuropsychological research on trance states, has enabled us to understand many hitherto baffling issues, such as the strange relationships between human beings and animals, and puzzling geometric patterns.
The explanations, often given in the Bushmen's own words, are set alongside detailed and highly accurate copies of rock paintings and engravings.
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