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  • 01 August, 2022

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Karikiyoor Rock Paintings

Karikiyoor Rock Paintings

The Researchers have discovered 5000-year-old rock paintings at Karikiyoor in Nilgiris.

About Korikiyoor painting:

  • It is located in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu.
  • It is a series of over 300 images etched on the side of the cliff-face in Kothagiri.
  • A variety of subjects are depicted in great detail that includes:
  • communities that lived in the area at that period.
  • the wildlife they witnessed and their relationships with them
  • the battles with other communities
  • It is believed to be more than 5,000 years old as no scientific dating has been done on the site.

Feature of painting

  • These images are all drawn using earthen paints.
  • The images depict a gradual shift from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle in the initial drawings to a pastoral and, eventually, a settled agrarian lifestyle in the later part of the drawings.
  • The shift indicates that the rock art site got added on by different groups at different stages in its history.
  • There are other smaller cave painting sites hidden deep inside the reserve forests.
  • James Wilkinson Breeks, a civil servant has documented 18 distinct rock art sites in his book “An Account of the Primitive Tribes and Monuments of the Nilgiris.”
  • Local indigenous communities, especially the Irulas and the Kurumbas, have an attachment to these sites.
  • Most of these sites are located near the settlements of these aboriginal groups.
  • They believe the sites are the ancestral abodes of their forefathers, and this belief has helped in conserving these sites so far.
  • The Kurumbas claim a link to the Vellarikombai rock art site while in Karikiyoor and Sigur, the rock art sites are claimed by the Irulas.
  • Vandals have defaced some of the rock art, painting political and religious symbols on the images.

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Source: The Hindu

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