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Picture Cave: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Mississippian Cosmos

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Picture Cave: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Mississippian Cosmos

A millennia ago, Native Americans entered the dark recesses of a cave in eastern Missouri and painted an astonishing array of human, animal, and supernatural creatures on its walls.  Known as Picture Cave, it was a hallowed site for sacred rituals and rites of passage, for explaining the multi-layered cosmos, for vision quests, for communing with spirits in the *other world,* and for burying the dead.  The number, variety, and complexity of images make Picture Cave one of the most significant prehistoric sites in North America, similar in importance to Cahokia and Chaco Canyon.  Indeed, scholars will be able to use it to reconstruct much of the Native American symbolism of the early Western Mississippian world.

Edited by Carol Diaz-Granados, James R Duncan, F Kent Reilly III
Photos of Picture Cave by Alan Cressler
Copyright 2015 by the University of Texas Press
ISBN:  978-0-292-76133-9
334 pages, Hardbound