The Artful Snake

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2014-01-15
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Creed, Jennifer
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University of Hawaii at Manoa
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Early man's relationship to the natural environment was more symbiotic than that of modern man. Early man existed "in accordance with the wisdom of nature....''2; he existed in a state of mutual interdependence with the animals, plants, and other elements that made up his natural environment. Nature was, in essence, his divinity. The images he created were therefore primarily concerned with his relationship to the natural/ supernatural environment. Although the circumstances surrounding the creation of these images are not explicitly known, the images are thought to have been functional, used as a means of communication-among the people themselves, between man and the animals he co-existed with, and between man and the spirits or gods that ruled his world. In essence, images gave "visual expression to the perennial impulses and concerns..."3 of early man, provided him with a visual link to his natural and supernatural environments.
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