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Serpent and the Sacred Fire

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Serpent and the Sacred Fire

Fertility Images in Southwest Rock Art



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Serpent and the Sacred Fire by Dennis Slifer
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The Southwest holds a treasure trove of prehistoric rock art, the fascinating images of petroglyphs and pictographs spanning thousands of years of Indian culture. Fertility has been identified as one of the most obvious and persistent themes in rock art, the record resplendent with symbols of birth, death, and procreation. Three-time rock art author Dennis Slifer takes a wide and deep look at symbols of fertility and fecundity, meticulously documenting drawings made by prehistoric cultures and the historical tribes of today's greater Southwest, and comparing the symbols with those fertility symbols found in rock art sites around the world.

Author Biography

Dennis Slifer is the author of several books on rock art, including Kokopelli: Flute Player Images in Rock Art (with James Duffield), Signs of Life: Rock Art of the Upper Rio Grande, and Guide to Rock Art of the Utah Region (Ancient City Press).
Release date NZ
December 31st, 2000
Country of Publication
United States
308 b/w figs, 20 col pls
Museum of New Mexico Press
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