Transformation Panel

Barrier Canyon Figures

This grouping of anthropomorphic figures has created much discussion as to what they may represent. One theory is that they symbolizes a transformation process, with the fourth and fifth figures (counting from left) metamorphosing into the first and second figures. Another theory is that the two figures on the left are male, the two similar figures on the right are female, and the middle figure is an ascending spirit.

The tallest figure above is about six inches high. Someone may have tried to remove the figure on the right as the indentation doesn't appear to be natural.

 

Barrier Canyon Rock Art Panel

Shamanistic expression in the wonderful San Rock Art of Africa includes transformation of humans into animals, bleeding from the nose during trace states, and spiritual flight.

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