Theory: African Rock Art in the Milky Way/Willcox Shelter

April 28, 2016/Lynn

Here’s my theory: There is a South African rock art painting that looks like a human/animal figure. There is also an image in the Milky Way that looks like this painting. I think the figure in the painting is the image in the Milky Way.

(Update: Added Milky Way photo.)

[Credit: ESO/S. Brunier. Photo Source. Photo cropped and rotated by Lynn. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License]**

Outline of the Milky Way Image

Outline of the Milky Way Image

Sketch of Willcox Shelter Rock Art Figure

Sketch of Willcox Shelter Rock Art Figure

Rock Art Human/Animal Figure

This rock art painting is located at Willcox Shelter (or Willcox’s Shelter)/Giant’s Castle in South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal, Drakensberg mountains). The figure appears to be painted in red and white.

Milky Way Image

Where to look: The star Sargas/Theta Scorpii is above the image’s left hand. The lower part of the image is a bright/colorful area that includes the star cluster NGC 6231 and the Prawn Nebula IC 4628. (The lower area looks white on one side and reddish on the other side.)

Additional Information

1) There are additional features in the Milky Way image that are also on the rock art figure.

2) There are stars above the Milky Way image that may represent the bow/arrows.

3) The Milky Way image may also be connected to other rock art figures in Africa (sometimes called “mythic woman” figures).

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

The Milky Way human/animal image (above) is part of a larger Milky Way image that looks like a rock art figure (eland) at Game Pass Shelter in South Africa (see sketches below).

I think there may be a Milky Way connection between the figures at Willcox Shelter and Game Pass Shelter. (There is also a painting of an eland near the Willcox Shelter human/animal figure.)

For more information: Game Pass Shelter Theory

Milky Way Images Sketch

Milky Way Images Sketch

(Milky Way Sketch: The star Sargas/Theta Scorpii is the circle above the triangle shape)

Sketch of the San Painting Figures

Sketch of the San Painting Figures


Links for My 6 Cave Art/Rock Art and the Milky Way Theories:

France’s Trois Freres Cave Sorcerer, Reindeer/Bison and Markings, and Bison-Man; Africa’s Game Pass Shelter and Willcox Shelter; and Spain’s La Pasiega Cave.


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