Tuesday, February 2, 2010
THE CAVE WOMB
When we finally reached the cathedral like space of the Edakkal cave, we found ourselves surrounded by many young people who had come in parties to look at this famous centre of primeval rock art. Margaret Shillan, who was accompanying me in this search for the primal sources of folk art, made a number of sketches, one of which shows the whole enclosed womb like space, with the crowds of visitors pouring in through a narrow opening. Once in the cave they would group themselves, sitting on the rocks scattered around, very much as visitors to this house of the spirits must have done from prehistoric times.