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From Prehistoric Shamanism to Early Civilizations: Eye Floater Structures in Ancient Egypt

From Prehistoric Shamanism to Early Civilizations: Eye Floater Structures in Ancient Egypt

This article is based on the assumption that prehistoric shamanic rituals include the perception, interpretation and depiction of what we today know as eye floaters (muscae volitantes). It is suggested that, together with other shamanic symbols, floaters continue to be experienced and depicted not only in later shamanic societies up to the present day, but also entered the visual arts of early civilizations. The present article supports this thesis from the example of ancient Egypt. A closer look at Egyptian visual arts reveals geometric structures and characteristics that are typical of eye floaters. It is speculated that two central mythological concepts, the sun and the world, are directly or indirectly inspired by the perception of floaters.

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