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Ancient rock paintings

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  • June 20, 2022
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In News: Volunteers have spotted rock paintings in the Bargur Hills, Erode district, Tamil Nadu

  • The place, called Rukkal Muniyappan, is where a deity of Muneeswarar is located.
  • It is worshipped by tribal people, including the Sholagar, the Kurumbar and the Bedagampana Lingayat.
  • A rock, 30 feet high and 250 feet in length, has paintings in red ochre and white.
  • A hunting scene in red displays human figures and a herd of deer standing opposite each other, while in some images, deer of various sizes are presented.
  • An anthropomorphic painting, four feet high, was seen. It looks similar to the Mother Goddess megalithic structures – Two deer and a few animals can be seen beneath the leg of the painting, which depicts the deity blessing humans with resources for hunting.
  • The elephant, tiger, and deer paintings are seen separately, while the middle row has the painting of a human.
  • It comprises a man standing on a crescent-shaped object and some other symbols, and is considered to be a picture of a boat ride.
  • The bottom layer depicts the racial conflict between people, with three warriors opposing 10.
  • The conflict between the racial groups is depicted at three more places as ethnic groups fight to dominate or rule the region.

Source: The Hindu

Previous Year Question

Q.1) With reference to the history of Indian rock-cut architecture, consider the following statements: (2013)

  1. The caves at Badami are the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India
  2. The Barabar rock-cut caves were originally made for Ajivikas by Emperor Chandragupta Maurya
  3. At Ellora, caves were made for different faiths.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

 

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