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Jessi Willeto

What has been speculated is that the function of these art pieces in the prehistoric lives was spiritual, or sacrificial. These humans lived within nature, and experienced their connection with animals in a much different way that we modern humans connect with animals. We can see that in the Lion-man, which has much intimacy between the strength and connection and respect these people had for the animals around them. And during that time, I’m sure fertility was of utmost importance and imperative to their survival. The art pieces they created were a testament of that importance, a way to display their emotional connection to continuing their familial line. Even they had a deep connection to their ancestors. The representational imagery may have just been a way to unwind and enjoy peaceful times, as many tribes were nomadic or busy fighting for their survival. It’s a testament that they, too, had leisure time that was deeply valued.