Settavarai – 3000 year old “Rock Paintings”

Sethavarai / Settavarai village has a 3000-year heritage. historical importance dated 1000 B.C.E. rock paintings.

The paintings are found in the rock shelters of a hillock called Ayyanarmalai. Animals like deer, wild boar, buffalo, tiger, fish and many images of human palms with fingers are found at the top of the hill. Among these paintings, a deer and a fish are depicted in large size. 

The form of another buffalo is drawn in thick ochre while the back half is painted showing the bones and other inner organs. These type of paintings are called x-ray paintings.

One significant scene is found in front of the deer. A small amount of flesh is found fried in the fire with the help of long pole. This scene confirms that the authors of these paintings were well aware of eating fried flesh and fish.

Only one human figure is found in this large scene of animals. The nose of the human is drawn in the same style as seen in Kilvalai rock paintings, but without a dagger. Based on the execution of paintings and the style of the figures, the date of these paintings is estimated at 1500 B.C.E.

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