What Was Spirituality Like 36, 000 Years Ago?

Take our mini-quiz and find out

Grotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Did our Aurignacian ancestors have a religion? (2019/2019) by Fanny Le BagousseGrotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Would it be that...

A. Religion has always been the same or B. Our ancestors might have had religion and spiritual beliefs, but not as we know it today

The correct answer is...

B. Our ancestors might have had religion and spiritual beliefs, but not as we know it today

They would not have had a religion in the sense that we understand it today. However, our ancestors did have spiritual beliefs, which they expressed in sacred places like caves by decorating the walls, for example.

Besides that, though we have not found graves that could be attributed to the Aurignacian culture in Ardèche, we know that modern man buried their dead in graves, as did the Neanderthals. 

Feline Fresco (Chauvet Cave, Ardèche) (2008/2008) by L. Guichard/Perazio/smergcGrotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

In the Chauvet Cave, only 14 species of animals are depicted. This shows that our ancestors chose certain species which they considered as important to sustain spiritual life.

We can see that the mammoth, the woolly rhinoceros, and the lion had major spiritual roles.

Did prehistoric man cry? (2019/2019) by Fanny Le BagousseGrotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

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