Thursday, October 23, 2008
Feet, Shoes and Superstition: Footprints and lucklines
From prime evil society footprints have had occult association. Early cave paintings and sculptured stones depict footprint iconography surrounded by meandering or serpentine lines. These are thought to represent "luck lines" to secure magical protection for individuals setting out on a journey. In Paleolithic cave paintings, crude footprints were drawn near images of fish and wounded bison thought to bring luck to the tribes’ hunters. Similar imagery was found in the contemporary art of indigenous Australians.
In the US, the squaws of the Zuni Indian tribe, kept safe the earth from their significant partner’s footprints to protect them from harm and reduce the males’ sexual ardor. Ceremonial harming of footprints was thought to bring harm to the owner.