14. Engendering North European Rock Art: Bodies and Cosmologies in Stone and Bronze Age Imagery

  1. Jo McDonald3 and
  2. Peter Veth4
  1. Joakim Goldhahn1 and
  2. Ingrid Fuglestvedt2

Published Online: 23 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118253892.ch14

A Companion to Rock Art

A Companion to Rock Art

How to Cite

Goldhahn, J. and Fuglestvedt, I. (2012) Engendering North European Rock Art: Bodies and Cosmologies in Stone and Bronze Age Imagery, in A Companion to Rock Art (eds J. McDonald and P. Veth), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118253892.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Centre for Rock Art Research and Management, University of Western Australia, Australia

  2. 4

    University of Western Australia, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Linnaeus University in Sweden, Sweden

  2. 2

    University of Oslo, Norway

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 8 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334241

Online ISBN: 9781118253892

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Keywords:

  • engendering North European rock art, in Stone and Bronze age imagery;
  • approaches to gender, from cultural/time-specific ontologies of sex;
  • rock art compositions and cosmology, the “real world” mirrored in the cosmology;
  • cosmological motives built on real life, “art,” ritual, and cosmology;
  • sex and gender, as read from rock art, and real gender relations;
  • rock art of northern Europe, Early Mesolithic rock art;
  • figurative rock art, of farming communities and cultures, of southern Scandinavia;
  • the Vingen vulva depictions, females and big game, animals also as sexed beings;
  • gender and power relations in institutionalized social personas;
  • sex in rock art, depicting bestiality, or zoophilia, of prehistoric cosmological beliefs

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Abstract

  • Rock Art in Northern Europe

  • From Sex to Gender

  • From Sex and Gender to Sex and Cosmology

  • Cosmologies and Gender Systems

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgments

  • References