Old Europe Ethno-archeological, Paleolithic Motif Circle
The kolo is danced to this day in Slavic lands. Social Memory preserves Paleolithic and Neolithic rituals. The Blood & Honey Icon painted by Artist Connie Simpson after her Bulgarian trip captures the ceremony rich with social memory.
In the Bulgarian village of Vavara,the women fully dressed with the phenomenon presented in social memory that inscribes memory for generations repeated the Neolithic aged old ritual with the following:
erected a flower arch,
danced their horas (kolo, round dance),
the women showered wheat upon villagers returning from the spirit world signifing fertility for the harvest,
and waved oak branches for strength to survive the coming winter.
The circle motifs, uterus and triangles are deciphered within the entire context of the Neolithic motifs that express how women grow and return back to the Moist Mother Earth. Traced from the ideograms of the Upper Paleolithic antecedents as origin of life, womb-seed and is found today as the Magdalenian disks and concentric circles of halos around Christian saints and angels. These South Slavic shapes and forms are associated with Kolo Avenue one- element earth, trust. The direction is South.