Sunday, February 20, 2011

Dumb and Ugly

This small shrine was discovered in the excavation of a tiny Ksamil island off the coast of southern Albania. The shrine was made by cavemen who chiseled these rock figures. Two serpents stand in guardianship to protect a female figure in the middle that towers over them. This carving was created in ancient times when the island was overtaken by a tribe of female archers who overthrew the king and came into power by putting the men to work in the mines. To this day, the island is still filled with artifacts similar to these where females are worshipped and glorified in monuments. Serpents can represent guardianship but also vengeance.

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