Recently I read an article online about some cave art being found in Brazil that was nearly 30,000 years old. This challenges the traditional theory that humans settled the Americas 12,000 years ago, by crossing the Bering Strait.
Having studied the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, I see an even deeper mystery in these unexpected cave art discoveries that go well beyond the academic issues of historical timelines.
Are these works of ancient art “primitive” or do they represent the work of spiritually enlightened and advanced minds?
Swedenborg claimed that ancient humans had a spiritual science called the science of correspondences. This profound worldview straddled two ontologically real worlds—the physical and spiritual worlds—and consisted of using physical images to represent higher, spiritual concepts (since both worlds corresponded to each other).
If this applies to the ancient artwork discovered in Brazil, then spiritual ideas can be teased out of its various physical images.
Let’s give it a quick try.
In the Brazilian artwork shown above we have what seems to look like a hunting scene. This scenario may communicate more than ancient humans having an appetite for deer meat. Spiritually speaking, “hunting” symbolizes those who have special spiritual knowledge, learned from others, which is used to teach the natural (worldly) hearts of fellow humans about God. “Deer” represent our lower or corporeal/sensual desires, which are ignorant of spiritual realities.
This is why Jesus asked His disciples to become “fishers of men.” Religion must hunt for and capture the hearts and minds of men and women.
(The fact that the middle human figure in the above artwork has a tree-shaped form emerging from the left arm is a big clue that this depiction of a deer hunt is not to be taken literally.)
I predict that continued future discoveries about ancient humans will lead to a complete upheaval in our world belief systems! Can’t wait!