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Koskuduk Petroglyphs on Mangyshlak

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Trip to the petroglyphs of Koskuduk from Aktau -

Koskuduk-petroglyphs (rock carvings) dated to the V-VI century BC, are part of the Neolithic Koskuduk site. The rock carvings are very ancient images of a snake and some long wavy lines that are depicted at the exit of the rock from the ground. The snake pattern is clearly traced and it can definitely be said with certainty that it is a snake. The wavy lines are small grooves 1.5-2 centimeters wide, and the researchers of the drawings concluded that this is also an image of snakes. The length of the long snake image is 67 centimeters, the length of the small snake image is 23 centimeters, the large snake has a length of 350 cm.

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The Koskuduk rock carvings are located 7 kilometers from the city of Aktau, on the territory of the ancient site, the Koskuduk settlement, Mangyshlak Peninsula, Republic of Kazakhstan.

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According to researchers, the petroglyphs of Koskuduk belong to primitive mythology, the image of a snake was associated with the water element. In this case, the Koskuduk image is very symbolic. What could be the most important thing for the inhabitants of the settlement during the coming Great Drought. Only a deity with equal or greater greatness and power, the Great Water, could defeat this evil demon. Only she could revive Mother Nature and help people survive. This image suggests another suggestion that the snake-water could be closely associated with the cult of immortality as the most important fertilizing substance. A complex of images and grooves flowing towards the Caspian Sea has been found on the surface of the rock near the remains of the house of the Koskuduk 2 settlement. There are preserved images of two snakes crawling in the same direction, and conditionally fish. "The cult of the Snake" it is noted that the serpentine character in the rock art of the Bronze Age is much more common than in petroglyphs of subsequent periods, but never quantitatively prevailed against the background of images that certainly belong to the pictorial archetypes of the time under consideration. Nevertheless, in the mythology of the tribes of the paleo-metal era, the image of a snake is quite noticeable, but its cult veneration occurred, apparently, in the depths of the Stone Age due to an unusual lifestyle, behavior and, of course, a venomous, deadly bite.


Petroglyphs of Koskuduk in the Mangystau region


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