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Near Arroyo Seco in Municipality of Victoria, Guanajuato, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

The Social Function of Rock Art

 
 
The Social Function of Rock Art Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 4, 2019
1. The Social Function of Rock Art Marker
Inscription.  

La Función Social del Arte Rupestre
El verdadero significado de los motivos pintados es incierto, pues en la tierra del nómada se libró una lucha a sangre y fuego que se prolongó por casi tres siglos aniquilando las prácticas rituales y la memoria de ellas. No obstante, pintar en ciertos lugares del paisaje debió ser el resultado de motivaciones de carácter individual o colectivo bajo la guía de un especialista del grupo, probablemente en ceremonias para propiciar la lluvia, ritos terapéuticos, de fertilidad, iniciación o eventos trascendentales como ritos pubertad masculina o femenina.

English translation:
The Social Function of Rock Art
The true meaning of the painted symbols is uncertain, because here in the land of the nomad a fierce struggle was fought with blood and fire that lasted for almost three centuries, annihilating their practices, rituals and even the memory of them. However, painting in certain places of the landscape was probably the result of the motivations of an individual or of a collective character under the guidance of a group leader, probably in ceremonies
The Social Function of Rock Art Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 4, 2019
2. The Social Function of Rock Art Marker
Note the rock art above the marker.
to promote rain, for therapeutic, fertility or initiation rites or for transcendental events such as male of female puberty rites.
 
Erected by Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH).
 
Location. 21° 11.462′ N, 100° 12.208′ W. Marker is near Arroyo Seco, Guanajuato, in Municipality of Victoria. Marker can be reached from Calle Nueva a Victoria just north of Calle Principal de Arroyo Seco, on the right when traveling north. The marker is along the walking tour at the Arroyo Seco Archaeological Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arroyo Seco, Guanajuato 37920, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Long-Term Painted History (a few steps from this marker); The Memory of the Landscape (within shouting distance of this marker); Rock Art in the 16th Century (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Guardians of the Valley (about 90 meters away); The Arroyo Seco Archaeological Site (about 150 meters away); Miguel Hidalgo (approx. 2.7 kilometers away); Father Juan González Zarate (approx. 2.7 kilometers away); a different marker also named Miguel Hidalgo (approx. 11.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arroyo Seco.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicColonial EraMan-Made Features
 
Area of The Social Function of Rock Art Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 4, 2019
3. Area of The Social Function of Rock Art Marker
Although not visible in this photo, the marker is on the other side of the rock on this viewing platform, with the rock art above the marker.
The Social Function of Rock Art Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 4, 2019
4. The Social Function of Rock Art Marker
A guide indicates the area of the marker and rock art.
Detail of the rock art near the marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 4, 2019
5. Detail of the rock art near the marker
There is also more recent graffiti on the rock art (the letters 'ED' and 'UP').
Other nearby rock art image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 4, 2019
6. Other nearby rock art
A guide explains the site near the marker with a 'guardian' rock formation in the background image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 4, 2019
7. A guide explains the site near the marker with a 'guardian' rock formation in the background
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 22, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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