Horses and Bulls in Portuguese Palaeolithic Art: Realities and Myths

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Abstract

Bulls and horses are part of the ideological and conceptual matrix of
Eurasian societies, appearing in quite a few cosmogonic myths that ascend to the earliest modern humans (H. Sapiens Sapiens). At times these myths have been successively reinterpreted, and a few have reached contemporary times. Representations of horses and bulls in the Côa-Douro rock art complex, like those from the Escoural Cave, illustrate biological and social behaviour, as well as messages of metaphoric nature arising from mythological constructions that interpreted the World and found recorded in ancient mythologies that, have survived to the present day, with occasional changes.
Touros e cavalos integram a matriz ideológico-conceptual das sociedades
euro-asiáticas, transparecendo em não poucos dos seus mitos cosmogónicos, que ascendendo aos mais antigos homens modernos (H. Sapiens Sapiens) foram sendo, por vezes, sucessivamente reinterpretados, alguns dos quais alcançando a contemporaneidade. Representações de cavalos e de touros, do complexo rupestre Côa-Douro, como da Gruta do Escoural, ilustram comportamentos biológicos e sociais mas, também, mensagens de carácter metafórico decorrentes de construções mitológicas que interpretaram o Mundo e encontramos registadas em antigas mitologias ou que, até, chegaram,
não sem alterações, aos nossos dias.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Horse and the Bull in Prehistory and in History
EditorsFernando Augusto Coimbra
Place of PublicationGénova
PublisherCordero Editore
Pages136-148
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)978-88-98130-67-2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventI international CongressThe Horse and the bullIn prehistory and in history - Golegã and Chamusca | Portugal, Golegã e Chamusca, Portugal
Duration: 15 May 201319 May 2013

Conference

ConferenceI international CongressThe Horse and the bullIn prehistory and in history
CountryPortugal
CityGolegã e Chamusca
Period15/05/1319/05/13

Keywords

  • Horses
  • Cosmogony
  • Bulls
  • Palaeolithic
  • Demiurge
  • Cosmogonia
  • Cavalos
  • Touros
  • Paleolítico
  • Demiurgo

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