Religion und steinzeitliche Kunst: Die Höhlenmalerei als Spiegel der jungpaläolithischen Geisteswelt

In this paper the appropriateness of the latest concepts in the interpretation of the cave art of the Palaeolithic period is reevaluated. The emergence of cave art in Europe about 30.000 years ago is widely believed to be evidence that by this time human beings had developed sophisticated capacities...

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Published in:Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft
Main Author: Wunn, Ina 1954-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:German
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Published: 2012
In:Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft
Year: 2000, Volume: 8, Issue: 2, Pages: 193-211
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:In this paper the appropriateness of the latest concepts in the interpretation of the cave art of the Palaeolithic period is reevaluated. The emergence of cave art in Europe about 30.000 years ago is widely believed to be evidence that by this time human beings had developed sophisticated capacities for symbolization and ritual communication. However, comparison of the cave art with the results of art history and consciousness studies makes clear that the existence of the cave art cannot be the proof which is usually assumed to be that the humans of the Upper Palaeolithic had an elaborated religion. On the other hand the biological discipline of ethology is able to contribute a significant degree of insight into the understanding of human behaviour, non-verbal communication and symbolic art. According to those innovative investigations several examples of motif in cave art or primitive art in general, can be reduced to patterns of human behaviour. Cave art, therefore, has to be interpreted either as artistic expression of emotion or as a form of communication among the humans of the Upper Palaeolithic.
ISSN:2194-508X
Contains:In: Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1515/zfr.2000.8.2.193