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Chumash Spirit Being
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Chumash Spirit Being

Many indigenous petroglyphs are records, stories, or touchstones to sacred places and times. Spirals at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico mark the solstices, as do spirals that occur at a Neolithic site in New Grange, Ireland. Solarized (shown with a halo or light rays around head) shamanic figures occur at sacred pools in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, showing that they were sites where ceremonies, prayers, and visioning occurred. In this ancient Chumash petroglyph an ancestral or totem spirit is shown, perhaps invoking or honoring a spirit protector and helper.


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