Beauty and the Palaeolithic age


As a species, we like to adorn ourselves with jewellery, make-up, hair.

We do it now to reinforce our appears to be like, to draw a mate and as a result of it simply makes us be ok with ourselves. Some types of adornment are symbolic – like wedding ceremony rings. Or they’re used to make a press release about our way of life, like a number of piercings and earrings.

Have you ever puzzled what the origins are of such self-decoration? Was there a which means behind it? Or did we simply begin sporting beads, necklaces and earrings as our consciousness of self elevated and as we advanced?

We know that the earliest jewellery of bits of bones, shells and different private adornments appeared in graves about 40,000 years in the past. The concept that there was an afterlife, and the perception in spirits each good and unhealthy, gave rise to the means to draw the good spirits and beat back the unhealthy ones.

People protected themselves from evil spirits with adornments in the type of necklaces or bracelets, and pierced themselves with the similar bones and shells to have these amulets on their individuals always. At this time folks additionally began portray their our bodies with crimson ochre, which might be thought-about the earliest type of make-up. They additionally began lining their eyes with kohl to guard themselves in opposition to the drive often known as the “Evil Eye.”

Even immediately, a lot jewellery takes the type of amulets. People put on crosses round their necks, or the Star of David, or put on a claddagh ring – all to draw luck or chase away dangerous luck. There are much more throwbacks to this earliest type of magic, akin to a fortunate rabbit’s foot, or a fortunate penny. Or we frequently have much less well-known, extra private amulets which have a that means to us alone, however are nonetheless worn nearly as good luck charms and amulets.


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