Article ID: CBB001422585

Mursi Ox Modification in the Lower Omo Valley and the Interpretation of Cattle Rock Art in Ethiopia (2015)

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Cattle are a key focus of traditional pastoralist societies in eastern Africa and also figure prominently in the rock art of the region. In both contexts, their cultural and social significance is underscored by colour and decoration. The contemporary Mursi of south-west Ethiopia transform favourite oxen in various ways, including horn alteration, ear cutting and decorative pattern branding. These practices may provide direct insight into cattle portrayal in Ethiopian rock art, where abstract or non-realistic symbols depicted on cattle coats could indicate the modification, alteration or beautification of cattle in prehistoric societies.

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Authors & Contributors
Schwabe, Calvin W.
Gordon, Andrew. H.
Li, Shuxue
Uytven, Raymond van
Animal Studies Group
Burt, Jonathan
Journals
Anthropozoologica
Environment and History
Antiquity
Kexue Jishu yu Bianzhengfa (Science, Technology, and Dialectics)
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Publishers
Brill Academic Publishers
Davidsfonds
University of Illinois Press
Routledge
Berg
Cambridge University Press
Concepts
Animals
Domestication
Human-animal relationships
Cattle
Animals in art
Stone
People
Deleuze, Gilles
Derrida, Jacques
Places
Middle and Near East
Egypt
China
Rome
Turkey
South Asia
Times
Prehistory
Ancient
Medieval
Neolithic period
16th century
Stone age
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