A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 106, Monday
April 16th, 2018
Chapter One: The Paintings
After the Indonesia eruption, during the time that Jim was gathering the people together, and forming them into enduring tribes, subtle changes began to take shape in the social and cultural traditions of the people.
They drew pictures in the soil with sticks, to narrate their sojourn, and chart the path of progress. They understood the world in terms of images.
They were post literate.
They carved their hopes and fears into rocks, and the faces of cliffs, In places that became semi-permanent homes, they scratched images in stone. Generations of members would work on a single carving, the task being handed down from mother to daughter, and father to son.
In those carvings Jim could see, the echoes of their memories of their previous sojourn among the stars.
Those memories lingered, they were intense.
Jim began to isolate the physical link that joined the current generation to its past.
The stories they told about that time were confused and entangled with their current journey through the dark.
They mixed colors and painted, projecting images of the future they desired on cave walls, both the things they wanted, hoped for, and wanted more to avoid; a short life, a dangerous animal, an encounter with a stronger tribe.
They depicted things no one living had ever seen, the memory of which they carried in their genes. Those images became stylized, and fantastic, and in those stories, they made their ancestors into gods.
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