I came in at 10, punched out at 2:15 and have been blissfully typing away and amusing my coworkers with the world of geek fan-dom. While pitching a fit over the issues in the previous post, I came across this guy named Rappengleuck who asserts that the Lasceaux cave paintings are a star map. Which would indeed answer the question... why would a cave man make animal pictures? But it leads me to question why would prehistoric man need to know about the stars and how can the stories of the stars remain almost unchanged over eons? Cause let's face it, we're talking eons here.
The constellation in question is Taurus... which over the course of several hundreds of thousands, millions, of years is still the image of a bull. The reason for the bull to be there has changed as the pantheons are replaced with the overlords' favored tales... but Taurus is still Taurus. Only in South American do the names and shapes change. So what gives? What is it about the east and west hemispheres that manages to be so divisive?
Still... I find the greater mind blowing questions to surround the concept that cave men drew the stars on the walls in forms they were familiar with and for no apparent reason. I mean, cavemen were mostly nomadic hunters, charting the season's by the stars wouldn't have been necessary for another few eons. They weren't seamen who needed to navigate the globe using the stars. The Minoans would perfect the sextant and then lose the technology during a cataclysm even more eons later than the advent of farming. So why? Did they have gods who came from the stars upset their social equilibrium? What were they trying to figure out?
I will have to research Rappengleuck more thoroughly.