It is thought that the above pictographs were made during male
rites and after the
participants had ingested the hallucinogenic desert plant, jimsonweed ( Datura sp.)
It is theorized that the depictions of the sheep had nothing to do with hunting but were a metaphor for the shaman's
ritual death (i.e., going into a trance) in order to communicate with the sheep and gain the power to make rain.
The following pictographs are more mysterious in nature
Rock shelter in Cahuilla territory, near Anza, CA
Rock Shelter, Indian Hill, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Lizard Pictograph, Jacumba Mtns., CA
Unusual human-like skeleton pictographs near ancient burial ground, Inkopah Mtns., CA
A mysterious petroglyph in a canyon near Ocotillo, CA
The next petrogyph is very unusual and consists only of
lines and circles.
This type of rock art, known as Pit and Groove, is thought to be some of the oldest rock art in North America
Pit and Groove Petroglyph, Coyote Mtns.
The following rock carvings, called yonis, are thought to be associated with female fertility:
Carved Yoni near Solstice Cave, Upper Indian Valley, Anza-Borrego State Park
Large Carved Yoni on Indian Hill, Anza-Borrego
Three small carved yonis, Indian Hill
Yoni near Canebrake
Rock Shelter in Anza Borrego, pictures by Tim and collage with filters by Stan
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