MHCC Instructor Researches Man’s Earliest Art

Posted: January 24, 2013

Andy Gurevich, an instructor at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), will see the culmination of two years of research and writing next month with the publication of an article in Popular Archeology magazine.

The article focuses on the Chauvet Cave in southern France, the site of some of the earliest human art ever discovered, dating back an estimated 32,000 years. Gurevich’s article, “Forgotten Wisdom of the Chauvet Cave: The Sacred Feminine and (re)birth of Culture” explains some of the more mysterious and archaic elements of the art found on the cave’s walls from the perspective of cultural mythology and paleo-religion.

“I believe the cave holds important clues for how we can reform our world along the lines of empathy and compassion instead of competition and greed,” Gurevich says. “The images are nothing less than a pre-linguistic window into the birthplace of consciousness and religion and have much to teach us about the origins (and future) of public myths.”

Inspired by a Documentary
The impetus for Gurevich’s article began when he was sitting in a crowded movie theatre in 2010. “Little did I know when I went into the theatre that by the time I left, the direction of my life and work would take a drastic turn.”

Gurevich says a documentary by Werner Herzog (“Cave of Forgotten Dreams”) “captivated me because I saw the potential to bring what seemed like a necessary but missing perspective to the conversation regarding the larger cultural significance of the cave.”

He devoted the next two years to writing and researching the article, which he believes has an audience among scientists as well as the general public. “The ‘goddess’ of Chauvet is the shadowy substance of our emerging spiritual consciousness. She is, for me, the shocking, beautiful and mysterious ground of our collective being. The world’s wisdom traditions have long understood that our desires and personal passions will consume us if not tempered by notions of empathy, justice and compassion.”

Gurevich adds, “All of this is clear from the images in the cave, if one has the right kind of eyes with which to see it.”

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