camunian.swastika @ summer.solstice
Léo DUBAL, Monique LARREY & Battista MAFFESSOLI
virtual laboratory for
A total of seven
"Yin-Yang Camunian Roses", orientated
toward the solsticial rising sun
at 09:30 am, have been identified at Dos Sulif ("Sunny
Shoulder"), a rupestrian site on the eastern side of Valcamonica.
This site was discovered over 30 years ago by two pioneers in the hunt for Camunian Rock
Battista Maffessoli and Vittorio Martinazzoli.
Yin-Yang Camunian Roses are composed of 9 cup-marks
in the form of
a cross, wrapped into a Basque oviphile swastika.
Their diameter ranges from 12 to 50 cm. One axis of each cross is engraved parallel to the
while the other axis matches the shade cast by a plumb-line facing the summer
The curved arms of the swastikas mostly point clockwise, though, Buddhist
swastikas are counterclockwise.
With the present findings of an obvious solsticial orientation,
the Yin-Yang Camunian Rose - clockwise or counterclockwise -
might be considered as a metaphor for the seasonal cycle,
just as the Naquane labyrinth,
discussed at NEWS95, probably represents the cycle of life.
A further conclusion is that the dozen of Camunian roses,
classified by Paola Farina as asymmetrical,
should most probably be re-interpreted in term of imperfect workmanship.
This study is a follow-up of the presentation, at the 1993 Valcamonica Symposium, of
two yin-yang camunian roses engraved on the western side of the valley, one levogyre and
Despite their difference in size by a factor of five,
each exhibits a quasi-perfect mirror-image of the other.
a rose to enter
"le jardin des