This couple is famous #bridalcouple of #rockcarving#rockpainting
It's ritual wedding scene. Two figures are standing close together. The figure on the right is carrying a sword which protrudes behind him. The figure on the left has her hair in a braid, a sign that this is a woman.
In all likelihood, this is supposed to depict the wedding between the Fertility God and the Fertility Goddess. This so called ritual wedding is known as Hieros Gamos – the Holy Wedding. According to the myth, the god makes the goddess pregnant. In the autumn, he dies and has to descend to the netherworld, where he is forced to remain until the spring, when he is allowed to return to the land of the living. The Fertility God does not only impregnate the goddess, he fertilises all living things. This is obvious in the spring when the god returns from the netherworld and everything begins to germinate and grow.
This myth, which comes from an agricultural society, is common in large parts of the Old World, from India in the east to Scandinavia in the west. #history#bronzeage#tanum#sweden#bohuslän#scandinavia#marriage
We had hiked for ever and @airlie.is.life finds this on a rock we were just about to step over ... amazing ❤️ you need to look around for everything see if you can find his near Circular Pool on your travels 😜 Remember you can follow along on our 3 month blog as we travel from Yarrawonga to Darwin and the West coast and everywhere between blog.actionbikeski.com.au
The magical wonder hidden aminst the rocks is called the Monastery. This 50m wide, 45m high construction was carved in 3rd century BC. To get a glimpse of this masterpiece you will need to scramble over 800 steps along an ancient rock cut pathway. It's well worth the hike.