Prehistoric Paintings in Gilf Kebir
Gilf al-Kebir, ‘The Great Barrier’ is an immense rocky plateau. whose smooth summit rises to an altitude of just over 3000 feet. Since time immemorial it has been battered by the great sea of sand. Nowhere in the world is as arid and as desolate as this huge desert plateau, and yet, thousands of years ago, there was once water, and animals, and men. And it was here in 1930s, when the Hungarian explorer Laszlo Almasy made a sensational discovery. But the rock pictures of the Cave of the Swimmers discovered by Almasy are nothing compared with the abundance and sacred rituality of those to be found in this other cave. These extraordinary scenes of the life and the mysterious and long forgotten civilization have recently been discovered. Hunting, love, games, fishing, parents holding the hand of their children… Not to mention all kinds of animals: gazelles, lions, dogs, giraffes… and a weird creature – a huge bull or elephant, headless, but with the man’s legs, that seems to be devouring the human beings. It has been interpreted as representing the transition from life to death. The big question everybody’s asking about this cave is what the heck are these animals, these big animals. – The beast. The beast: what is it? When we saw this cave, we automatically saw a beast and all of a sudden everybody realised that this is the same beast painted in all the other engravings and paintings of Wadi Sura. Cooper says that, for him, this explains the symbol of capture, not the symbol of the death at all. He thinks that this is the symbol of human being showing the most powerful thing he did like an imaginary animal, like that the Japanese had, for example. An imaginary animals, they are representing how humans that are very small next to it were able to capture it and completely shoot its head. After 10 thousand years these places are still communicating the intensity, with which early men tried to make contact with the afterlife. And there are so many things of dancing classes.