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Pha Taem Cave Paintings

Khong Chiam, Thailand

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Prehistoric animals and perhaps hot steaming pots portrayed on the wall. Pha Taem caves, Thailand

Prehistoric animals and perhaps hot steaming pots portrayed on the wall

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 for food.

A closer look at the hot steaming pots, and perhaps humans with a headdress. Pha Taem cave, Thailand

A closer look at the hot steaming pots, and perhaps humans with a headdress

Certainly, they were not mere wall decorations. Artifacts of human habitation along side paintings are found in only one cave in the world.

A spray painting of  hands (the artist's signature?) and more prehistoric animals. Pha taem caves, Thailand

A spray painting of hands (the artist's signature?) and more prehistoric animals

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 walls.

These could be waves in a river, or lightning in the sky or even something else! Pha Taem Caves, Thailand

These could be waves in a river, or lightning in the sky or even something else!

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.

 

Not sure what kind of animal this might be! Maybe it's an anteater! Pha Taem Caves, Thailand

Not sure what kind of animal this might be! Maybe it's an anteater!

 

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.

Another large animal and more spraying of several hands. Pha Taem Caves, Thailand

Another large animal and more spraying of several hands

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.

These might be a large amount of storage vessels. More sprayed hands in upper left. Pha Taem caves, Thailand

These might be a large amount of storage vessels. More sprayed hands in upper left

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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