Imagine the Stone Age. What do you see? Well, the usual picture is men as hunters, inventors, protectors and artists. Because most of the scenes in the cave paintings show animals and hunting, it was thought that the artists were men, as well.
And all those handprints found on the walls were made by men, too. And the small ones among them must have belonged to boys being introduced to the art. Makes sense, right? You can probably even see them in your imagination, sitting or standing in the flickering torch light, mixing paint, drawing those animals, being creative. Male heads, shaggy beards, possibly even chanting hunting magic in low, deep voices.
Guess what? Wrong image.
Finally, someone got around to measuring the handprints and discovered that a whopping 75% of the handprints were made … by women! Only 10% were from adult males and 15% were from adolescent males.
Woah! What if most of the paintings were made by women, too? I do hope this is totally shifting the image in your mind. Maybe now you see women in those caves, with a couple of boys and the occasional man, whispering charms about the animals and the hunt.
Well, what if women also hunted? What if they held their own status as artists and creators?
What if that old, old belief that firmly gives the role of the dominant, strong hunter and provider to men, and the meek, subserviant housekeeper and childbearer to women is simply that? An old belief created a couple of hundred years ago to “naturally” put men and women into their place?
Let’s be open and use our fantastic imagination to create different versions of early life – or life in fantasy worlds. The only limits are our own, old, ingrained beliefs about what is possible and what is not.
Read the science article here: Women Leave Their Handprints On the Cave Wall (Science Daily)
So which old belief are you ditching today? Let me know in the comments.