Petroglyph Acrobats Women's T-shirt
This design is based upon the "Acrobat Petroglyph" from a rock carving at Sotetorp near Tanumshede in Bohuslen showing a right-sailing vessel manned with 13 men and two mythical figures with horned helmets and big axes, both with significant phallus. An acrobat figure makes somersaults along the length of the ship and resembles one of the figurines found in the Grevensvænge hoard, a find comprised originally of 6 bronze figures dated to the late Nordic Bronze Age (ca. 800-500 BC) of which only two survive.
Curiously, the Grevensvænge acrobat is shown wearing a straw cord skirt similar to the type found in the burial of the Egtved girl whose well-preserved remains were discovered outside Egtved, Denmark in 1921 and dated to 1370 BC. Another set of figurines found at Fårdal near Viborg, Denmark contained a small, kneeling bronze figure shown wearing a cord skirt, it has been theorised that these female depictions of "athletes" or "acrobats" in fact represented a particular stratum of society with access to esoteric knowledge.
Therefore, these individuals may have represented a religious order who on a collective level, it has been suggested that performed sun rituals as a means to assure that the sun would keep to its steady orbit, to ensure fertility and good fortune. On an individual level, these rituals might, however, have served another purpose: attaining an altered state of mind and, ultimately, enlightenment in the individual practitioner.