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Astronomers of the Ice Age
By Sharif Sakr, August 2000
Additional note by Graham Hancock
In 1992 I was faxed an interesting piece of information about the Lascaux cave figures. The information was from a book by Belinda Gore entitled Ecstatic Body Postures: An Alternate Reality Workbook. Gore is a student of anthropologist Dr Felicitas Goodman who "has spent many decades collecting the postures from the art of hunter-gatherer peoples worldwide, having her students try them out to the rhythmic beat of a rattle, and record the results."
Gore draws special attention to the figure of the strange bird-man hybrid in the "Shaft of the Dead Man" and criticises the interpretation given to it by orthodox scholars:
The similarity of the two figures is, in my view intriguing, especially when we consider the sky religion of the ancient Egyptians and their desire to be transformed into stars after death.
Perhaps Lascaux shows us not only that the constellations were recognised 16,500 years ago but also that sophisticated spiritual ideas have much more ancient origins than has previously been believed.
Another point to note on this matter is raised by my friend John Anthony West in his wonderful book Serpent in the Sky. He shows that complex mathematical proportions are encoded within the posture of the Egyptian figure and that it yields the "Pythagorean" 3:4:5 triangle thousands of years before Pythagoras.
Perhaps the roots of such mathematics are even more ancient than the Egyptians?
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