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Tassili 'n' Ajjer is a sandstone massif carved into fantastic shapes by the action of wind and water. In The Taureg language itmeans 'plateau of rivers' The rivers are the things of the past, but weird canyons and gullies remain to show where they once ran. SOmetimes they form streets and squares-veritable 'city of the dead' the great masses of rock rising up on either side pittedand worn by the sand like the fac,ade of some Hindu temple, flanked by huge natural columns; or a vast stepped depression reminds teh traveller of some ancient ruined amphitheatre. The Rock shelters in which most of the paintings have been found are cavities eroded at the foot of the cliffs. There are more than ten thousands of them at the ground level their walls presenting an excellent surface for painting and at the same time preserving the pictures in good conditions.
No Evidence of Tombs or Skeletons:
No evidence of Tombs or Skeletons were ever found
near the painting sites. Further south of the Tamaya is the Neolithic deposit.
No burial grounds or attempts were found there. Only bone remains
and such are seen scattered mixed up with other refuse.
Giant Animals Drawings:
Not far from Tassili a place called Habeter has
beautiful wanderfully drawings on rocks of animals. There are
two rocks with mysterious drawings of disk shapes. One Rock has 2
disk shape objects, the first disk is an oval shape, the other one
right next to itjust attached to it is a disk shape too but with
lines on the inside edges and circle in the middle. The Second Rock has
a Giraff with two large disk shape half teh Giraffs size; again one was
oval and teh other one had lines on teh inner edges and a
pure circle in the middle. What it also couldseem like is, it could also
be sea creatures. At teh bottom of the Giraff's foot
apears to be a fish. And the two disk shapes the first one looks like a
jelly fish, and the disk shape next to it looks like Spunge (sea
The Ancient People:
Tassile was home which we called the round-headed
people, which are called the Negroids Their paintings
show tiny women and men that are shaped like doll figures but then grow
enormous size with big round like helmet heads which look like 'Martians'
At teh fresco at Ti-n-Tazarift shows the first stage. The round headed men and with dog faced baboons and antelopes wondering in seeming confusion. They were on the same wall but done at different times, are two other different scenes -the archer and his companion, and the strange white figures to belong to the cat-like animal opposite opposite turning back to look at him. There are artworks of the 'Martian' phase, the Great God of Sefa in one of the most greatlyartworks of the Tassili drawings. In the center is a huge faceless figure over ten feet high. On the left women raise their arms in supplication; on the right another woman with swollen abdomen is about to give birth. This scene is probly connected with the fertility cult.