Thursday, 20 December 2012
A cave bear made of clay. The head a stump, a chunk of wood jammed in the neck hole, and on it, the skull of an ancient bear. Made by our ancestors and imbued with magic from the hunt. The holes in its clay sides were made by spears and javelins as they danced around it, maybe some fragments of ancient wood still remain within.
It's clay claws won't cut but can smash bone. It is waiting for the song to complete so it can go back to being earth, but the culture that sang it is dead for thirty thousand years. If you know the song and can dance the dance like the shaman of old then dance it and calm the bear. Otherwise the hunt goes on.