The Spiral

One of the most common rock art motifs, found here and across the world, is the spiral. While it has long existed and spans many cultures and all continents (except Antarctica), there is much debate over the meaning of spiral imagery.

Some interpret it to be a coiled snake or a whirlwind. Others say it represents the sun, or the path of the sun. It may represent the afterlife or life itself. Some reason it could have a more geographical function such as a pattern of migration, the location of a water hole, or even a portal to the spirit world.

While there are many competing theories, the theme of movement is most recurring. ?

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