Human Shape of the Holy Land
Chapter 8 - Anthropomorphic Maps of Israel
A Map of the painter Roberts
journey to the
Some of the maps were used for understanding the Bible which is full of Geographic landmarks.
sources there are only few drawings. Rashi drew in the 11th century the
Gaon Mevilna –
The first known
geographic anthropomorphic map included the
A schematic T-O map
cartographer Heinrich Bunting [1545-1606] was a contemporary of Merkator and
Bunting – The
A search in
the Internet revealed two new anthropomorphic maps of
The Holy Land as a penis
of the world coloring maps drew
A coloring map of
In the Israeli media anthropomorphic maps of the state are almost unknown. One is by Israel National Council for the Prevention of Accidents.
A rare anthropomorphic map of
In the Arab
world there are many caricatures dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Some from the last years describe
The anthropomorphic map of the Holy Land which was created by the author of this book, is in the highest levels of Anthropomorphism and correlation with the landscape. It is based on many comparisons between anatomic models and satellite photos, and on the Bible and country stories.
The Holy Land Map as a Human Shape - 2007
Anthropomorphism, the attribution of appearance and qualities of human beings to animals and inanimate, is very common in all world civilizations as a mean of expressing ideas. All the religions use this principle at the daily level. The development of computer and robotic technology create a bigger need of it for optimizing the connection between man and machine.
The huge popularity of Anthropomorphism is because the human body is a major focus of attention concerning health, nutrition and nurturing. The human body is a microcosm where the big outer world is reflected. Historic collaboration exists between Medicine men and artists for illustrating Anatomy by advanced graphic and contemporary art styles. This is done even by sacrificing the pure scientific description.
In the arts there is a great freedom of creativity. Every work of art which integrates man in landscape is, at the same time, a projected description of the human body and Anthropomorphism of the landscape. The artistic spirit unites between the two. The development of new art styles allows bolder representations of this proclaimed relationship.
Maps are a very influential medium for delivering culture dependant messages. Antique maps represented a visual essence of their creators' world view. Although modern map making utilizes sophisticated measurement instruments, it is still under the influense of aesthetic design. Even accurate maps are forced to represent interpretive and tendentious view point.
The first anthropomorphic maps are the constellations and zodiac maps which are associated with the universe and world maps of early Christianity. Anthropomorphic maps of continents and single countries evolved gradually from them. Atlases of this genre were very successful. Anthropomorphic maps serve occasionally as caricatures.