In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
PHA TAEM CAVE PAINTINGS
Khong Chiam, Thailand
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Prehistoric cave paintings are found worldwide. Scholars
theorize that these images served as a "how to" for hunting, or
possibly held a ritualistic place in the tribe’s daily activities. Perhaps it
was to ensure a good hunt, or encourage fertility in animals that were sought
Certainly, they were not mere wall decorations. Artifacts of
human habitation along side paintings are found in only one cave in the world.
The rest of these artworks are in "rooms" all their
own, separated from the tribe’s living quarters. Actually, no one knows why,
centuries ago, mankind took to recording his world through painting on cave
The fact that these artworks exist, is a reminder that
humankind has always wanted to depict their world. Even before the invention of
writing, there was art.
Some of these drawings utilize the massiveness of the caves to
enhance the subject matter. A rounded out portion to suggest a robust section of
an animal, perhaps.
There can be shading or stippling to create fur or texture. A
sense of proportion is present as well. The color itself was made from animal
blood, the surrounding dirt of the area, and either animal fat or some type of
vegetable gum to adhere it to the wall.
It is astounding that the color has survived these thousands
of years through heat, cold, and moisture. Hundreds of images, including
animals, tools, handprints, and geometrical designs are spread over a shear
cliff face. They depict tribal life along the Mekong river three to four
thousand years ago, and are a tribute to the creativity of prehistoric man.
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