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'Svoboda JA, 2009: Action, ritual, and myth in the rock art of Egyptian Western Desert. Anthropologie (Brno) 47, 1-2: 159-167'.
This paper reviews the techno-stylistic structure of the rock art in the Egyptian Western Desert in general, and focuses on narrative scenes painted in four caves of the southern Gilf el-Kebir area in particular: El-Qantara, the Cave of Archers, the Cave of Swimmers, and the Cave of the Beasts. Some of these panels repeatedly depict two archetypes: the “weightless humans”, and the “central monster”. It seems that both acrobatic and mythological aspects similar to these early pastoral scenes may be reflected in later cultural contexts and traditions.
Egypt - Western Desert - Neolithic pastoralism - Rock art - Archetype - Tradition

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