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Theory: San Rock Art in the Night Sky/Game Pass Shelter

February 21, 2016/Lynn

Here’s my theory: There’s a South African San painting of a thin figure holding the tail of an eland (antelope). There are images in the Milky Way that look like the figures in the South African San painting. I think the San figures are the Milky Way images.

Sketch of the San Painting Figures

Sketch of the San Painting Figures

Sketch of the Milky Way Images

Sketch of the Milky Way Images

 

San Painting/Eland and Thin Figure

These two figures are part of a group of images at Game Pass Shelter in South Africa (Drakensberg mountains). The group of images has been called the “Rosetta Stone” of San rock art.

Milky Way Image

Where to look: The star Sargas (Theta Scorpii) is located above the eland on top of the triangle shape. The stars Shaula and Lesath (Lambda Scorpii and Upsilon Scorpii) are located within the thin figure. And the star Kappa Scorpii is on the thin figure’s right shoulder (on the original painting there is a white line above the thin figure’s right shoulder). These stars are part of the constellation Scorpius. The lower area of the eland is bright/colorful and includes the star cluster NGC 6231 and the Prawn Nebula IC 4628.

Possible Milky Way/Game Pass Shelter/Willcox Shelter Rock Art Connection

Part of the Milky Way eland image looks like a rock art figure at Willcox Shelter (or Willcox’s Shelter) in South Africa. The rock art figure looks like a human/animal.

I think there may be a Milky Way connection between the figures at Game Pass Shelter and Willcox Shelter. (Update: Added sketches)

Sketch of Willcox Shelter Rock Art Figure

Sketch of Willcox Shelter Rock Art Figure

Outline of the Milky Way Image

Outline of the Milky Way Image

[For the full Willcox Shelter Theory click here.]

For Summaries of My Cave Art Theories (France and Spain) and African Rock Art Theories
https://lynnshistoryblog.wordpress.com

Links for More Information
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_rock_art


 

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