Some indications of shamanism in Arasbaran rock carvings

  • Jalal Rafifar Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tehran
Keywords: Arasbaran, Soungoun, Ghegham, Gobustan, Rock Carving, Shamanism, Azerbaijan


Four seasons (1998–2002) of ethnological and archaeological researches in the northern part of the Iranian Azerbaijan have revealed hundreds of carved and scratched drawings and figures on rocks and in subterranean rock-shelters. An anthropological study reveals remarkable information about the situation and the limits of the cultural domains, the cultural relations and the process of cultural diffusion in the prehistory at the intersection of Anatolia, Caucasus, Zagros and the central plateau of Iran. The human and animals figures and signs are contextualized and ichnographically interpreted. The animal symbolism is discussed in the contexts of ancient Iran and Caucasus art and tradition.


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RafifarJ. (2007). Some indications of shamanism in Arasbaran rock carvings. Documenta Praehistorica, 34, 203-213.