The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book Six

By Jean M. Auel

In this, the extreme end of the ice-age epic sequence, Earth’s Children®, Ayla, Jondalar, and their youngster daughter, Jonayla, live with the Zelandonii within the 9th Cave. Ayla has been selected as an acolyte to a religious chief and starts exhausting education initiatives.
Whatever stumbling blocks she faces, Ayla unearths creative how one can reduce the problems of lifestyle, trying to find wild edibles to make nutrition and experimenting with options to ease the lengthy trips the Zelandonii needs to take whereas honing her talents as a healer and a pace-setter. And there are the Sacred Caves that Ayla’s mentor takes her to work out. they're packed with impressive work of mammoths, lions, and bears, and their mystical air of secrecy now and then overwhelms Ayla.
But forever Ayla has spent in education rituals has triggered Jondalar to float clear of her. The rituals themselves deliver her with reference to loss of life, yet via them Ayla profits a present of data so very important that it'll swap her world.
Sixth within the acclaimed Earth’s young children® series

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While he used to be nonetheless on the 9th Cave, she had usually watched him whilst he practiced at the outdoors wall of a limestone cliff, or a slab of stone that had damaged off, or on a bit of rawhide with a section of charcoal, or perhaps on a smoothed-out quarter of airborne dirt and dust at the floor. He did it so frequently and with such ease, he virtually appeared profligate, wasteful of his expertise. yet simply as she had needed to perform to realize ability along with her sling or Jondalar’s spear-thrower, she knew Jonokol had had to perform to realize his point of talent. It was once simply that to her the power to think about a residing, respiring animal and reproduce its likeness on a floor used to be so impressive, it couldn’t be whatever yet an excellent and notable reward from the mum. Ayla was once no longer by myself in these emotions. when they rested awhile, the Zelandoni of the Twenty-sixth Cave persisted top the best way into the cave. They encountered a couple of extra tight locations earlier than they reached a spot the place slabs of rock blocked their manner; it used to be the tip of the cave. they can pass no farther. “I become aware of that you simply felt forced to make drawings at the wall of this cave,” the Zelandoni of the Twenty-sixth stated, smiling at Jonokol. Jonokol wasn’t definite he could placed it really that manner, yet he had drawn horses, so he nodded assent. “I were considering that sunlight View must have a rite for this house. i'm now extra certain than ever that it truly is sacred, and that i wish to recognize that. it may be a spot for teenagers who are looking to try themselves to return, even those who find themselves rather younger. ” “I imagine you're right,” the artist acolyte stated. “It’s a tricky cave, yet staightforward. it'd be tough to wander away in the following. ” “Would you sign up for us within the rite, Jonokol? ” Ayla guessed the Zelandoni sought after Jonokol to make extra drawings during this Sacred Cave that used to be so on the subject of them, and questioned if his drawings may upload extra prestige to where. “I think a mark of closure is required the following, to teach it truly is so far as you'll move in the cave—in this world,” Jonokol stated, then smiled. “I imagine Ayla’s lion spoke from the subsequent international. permit me understand if you plan to have the rite. ” either the Zelandoni and his acolyte, Falithan, smiled their excitement. “You are welcome to come back, too, Ayla,” the Twenty-sixth acknowledged. “I should see what the 1st has deliberate for me,” she acknowledged. “Of path. ” They circled and began again, and Ayla used to be joyful. Her outfits have been soggy and caked with dust, and she or he used to be getting chilly. It didn’t appear to take as lengthy to come, and he or she used to be chuffed that she didn’t get caught back. once they reached the doorway, Ayla breathed a sigh of reduction. Her oil lamp had long gone out in advance of they observed gentle coming in from outdoor. this can be a really Sacred Cave, she concept, yet she didn’t imagine it was once a very friendly cave, particularly having to move slowly on her belly lots of the manner. “Would you're keen on to return to go to sunlight View, Ayla? It’s no longer very far,” Falithan acknowledged. “I am sorry. another time i'd like to stopover at, yet I advised Proleva i'd be again within the afternoon.

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