Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K10D ||
Exposure: 1/100th ||
ISO: 400 ||
Focal Length: 42mm
This image and those of the few posts preceding this are glimpses into the variety of petroglyphs visible when traveling the Southwestern U.S.
The current series is inspired by a few recent visits to Peet’s Coffee where the paper cups mostly depict Native American arts. Specifically, the “hand cup” reminded me of images such as this despite the different culture.
The hand cup at Peet’s consists of a hand with a spiraling shape to it. It is a Central American image and symbol. In the southwest, hands and spirals were common, but not combined as the Peet’s cup.
I’m not sure if there are similarities in meanings, but the hands as depicted here represent the people themselves and were used to mark territory and sacred locations. The spirals, often seen as circles or more squarelike were representations of a more spiritual side of life representing the whole of life and the eternity of it. This ties into other cultures in the region who use these spirals to reflect the earth, wind, and water of which the people of the region felt were also eternal.