The shared origins of art and of humanity
This report on the BBC News speaks of the discovery of hand art in an Indonesian cave which dates back over 40,000 years. It is immediately remarkable as it can not only be dated to similar art in a Europe, notably the wall of hands in a Spanish cave, but also because they are replicas of each other.
Human history is full of historic convergences. The fact that Buddha, Confucius, Pythagorus, and Zoroaster all lived in similar times and contributed to philosophy and modern religion is remarkable. They could have never met.
In the discovery that these similar art techniques were being used at similar times in very different parts of the world speaks of an ancient human connection and convergence.
For some this discovery only points to more ancient origins of art from Africa. At the very least they provide further fuel for reflection on the emergence of modern humans, their creativity, and efforts to communicate in new ways with their environment.
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