These may well symbolize cosmological pointers, temple markers as per the interesting mathematical work of Carl Munck ”concerning” worldwide megalithic sites. His later theories aside, the mathematical body of work is simply impressive.
It may well be that our origins are indeed written in the stars, our state of ‘amnesia’ in regard of our true ‘state of being’ was perhaps taken into account encoded and ”recorded” worldwide, for those ‘searching’ to unravel at a later period-
In any case I would suggest the ”quantum nature” of consciousness, or aspect of ‘freewill existence’ is a wake up call, and, as science is indeed verifying. see microtubules
Were these so called ‘Sages’ shamanic in their abilities? were they able to traverse the bridge from physical to spiritual to access instructional guidance ”divinity” or direction necessary to recover from catastrophe? if so what was contained within these bucket/bag objects, and what was the item held in the other hand depicted in these images?
Graham Hancock goes to some lengths in discussion of these images found in many places worldwide, and more besides, in his book ‘Magicians of the gods’.
The main theme of his book is of course regarding a comet’s strike that initiated a worldwide cataclysmic event approx 12,800 years ago, his research and findings is in my humble opinion a well crafted thesis, a most noteworthy and necessary read!
I feel it is important to add that the constellation/myth message is always appropriate, as these images/accounts may hold far deeper meaning for mankind regarding our true state of being or duality, such consideration should not be carelessly bypassed or overlooked whilst caught up in the foray and excitement of following a purely physical trail of our origins alone, it is I feel of utmost importance to weigh both sides of our ‘duality’ of being.
The implications of our duality in nature I believe will stagger any physical mind – Maccy
Quote; Looked at geometrically, the handbags combine the figure of a hemisphere on their upper side with that of a square on their lower side, and so conjure ancient cosmological themes of above and below and of squaring a circle.
In ancient cultures from Africa to India to China, the figure of a circle was associated symbolically with concepts of spirituality or non-materiality, while that of a square was often associated with concepts of the Earth and of materiality. Consequently, various approaches to squaring a circle came to symbolize the act of reconciling the non-material and material aspects of creation
Each of these perspectives on the symbolism of these baskets shapes as they were understood in ancient times lends credence to the notion that a basket represented a cosmological symbol, one that likely also reflected the importance of actual woven baskets in the life of an everyday person. Looked at from our modern perspective it may be hard to remember that a basket was, in its own way, as impactful a technological development as a thumb-drive has been to modern society. As such, it became a powerful icon for meanings that relate to cosmology and knowledge
Both the shape and temple/shrine symbolism of the handbag images is also reflected in later cultures such as ancient Egypt. In his book Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilization, Barry Kemp of the University of Cambridge in England discusses the attributes of a type of predynastic portable shrine called a seh that, in his view, became the prototype for temple architecture and symbolism in dynastic Egypt. [see Kemp, pp 92-93] He characterizes the seh as an early “tent” shrine, built from poles and cloth or animal skins. The lower part of the shrine was squared, much like a modern dining room cabinet, while the poles of the upper part were bent into the shape of a domed arch, creating a covered shelf. The overall shape is a match for the Gobekli Tepe figures, and presents a good physical and conceptual correlate to the handbag symbols. In his Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, Sir E.A. Wallace Budge defines a phonetically-similar word sa as “a shrine or sanctuary in which a god or goddess was housed.” [see Budge, p. 633b]
– Laird Scranton, 2016