Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Yoni's

 

 

This is a well known shelter used by a bunch of natives way back in the day.

I could look up who the people were, and how long they were suppose to be around here, but, that would just be taking someone else's word for it.

 I feel that people ought to try and figure things out for themselves. Weigh what others have to say, looking at the evidence, and deciding where truth may be found.

Well, this is what I think.

This area has many Yoni's.

They are images and carvings of vulva's in stone. Now I have read where others say they were for fertility and procreation purposes. That often times, the women would sleep near, or even consume a small part of the stone from the Yoni in order to help her to conceive. 

I am not so sure.

Often times when people do not know something, they will begin to fall back on what they have heard, or experienced and apply it to their current discovery.  That only serves to stifle deductive thought and direct ones mind down a path that may or may not be true.  They may see a yoni carved in some rock somewhere, and immediately draw on what others have said about them.

"Oh, that is a fertility symbol, and they used these symbols to help women conceive and thereby assuring the continuance of the community."

I am sure, that somewhere along the line, that interpretation of a particular yoni somewhere may be correct.

However, it may not be accurate to apply that same interpretation to all of them. I am not sure there was a "Yoni Network" or protocol each time one was carved. Could it be feasible that perhaps one or two of them were carved by lonely young men that had nothing better to do? Why could it not just be some sort of socially acceptable artwork?

Sure their lives must have been hard, but to think their entire society revolved 24-7 with the seriousness of day to day life, may not be realistic. 

I am of the belief that people haven't changed much since they were created. Sure technology has improved, but the nature of people hasn't changed much.

 Anyway because they carved the opening to look like an open yoni, applied some kind of red pigment around it, and there is a cool dry sandy floor inside I think this shelter may have been a birthing chamber and/or nursery.

 

About 15' below this, are some morteros.
I think women would sit and grind the grains, while the small kids would be inside this overhang protected from the sun and elements.

 


Inside are pictographs that appear to be sun bursts.

Since opinions are like belly buttons, in that we all have one, my opinion is that the star bursts may be a record of births that occurred inside this shelter.

In that when a child was born, a record of ithe birth was made on the walls by drawing a 'sun burst'. Perhaps,  just as the sun comes up in the morning, and is 'born' each day, that maybe they depicted a birth as a sunrise,  as a new beginning.

Or, it could be the kids wanted to paint on the walls while their mothers worked.

Naw, paint was too hard to come by.

There are also squared geometric blocking type drawings. These could be an indication of still born disposals? As in burial locations?

The morteros where they grind are next to a tall rock on which sticks could be laid on and thatched to make shade for the women grinding away. The morteros are not that far off the ground below to where it would be easy to get to with the grain.