Prehistoric religion in India
- During the lower and Middle paleolithic periods, there was no idea of religion in any form.
- Religious life commenced during the upper paleolithic age. This is indicated by the use of burial practice.
- The dead bodies were no longer thrown away. They begin to be buried in graves.
- The earliest of the grave has been found at Kurnur (Andhra Pradesh). These belong to the upper paleolithic age.
- Throughout the stone age, burials were the only evidence of religion that is in the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods.
Prehistoric culture in India
- The paleolithic man took interest in the art of painting. Once emerged, the painting continued to be practiced.
- About 500 paintings were found on the walls of Bhimbetka caves. The earliest of paintings are about 1 lac years old. Most of these paintings belong to the Mesolithic period.
- Painters used red and white colors most commonly. At times, yellow and green colors also used. These colors were mineral in nature and some extracted from plants.
- These paintings depict hunting, fighting scenes, birds, animals, and other days to day activities.
- Some of the paintings found in Bhimbetka depict scenes of community dance (group dance). This indicates that is stone-age man practice dancing.
- Since dance is generally not possible without music, it appears that stone age man was aware of Music as well.
- Language being used by men by the upper paleolithic age, because the brain was developed enough to produce complex sentences.
Read: Archaeological Sources of Ancient Indian History