Chauvet Cave, in southeastern France, is one of Europe's oldest painted caves, thought to date from the Aurignacian period, between 32,000 and 30,000 years ago, but its secrets will be immediately sensible to any witch today.
In Werner Herzog's 2010 film Cave of Forgotten Dreams, we travel with the film-maker through chamber after chamber of stunning animal art. Finally we reach the last and deepest of all, the culminating holy of holies, the room known as the Gallery of Lions.
In the wall directly opposite the entrance is a 10-foot vertical crevice, looking for all the world like a giant vulva. Directly in front of the crevice hangs a phallic stalactite. Painted on it are a woman, shown from the waist down, with emphasis on her vulva, merging with a man with the head of a bison. They are the only human images in the entire cave.
The walls of the chamber itself are painted with a 360° circle of animals, shown in such a way that they appear to be emerging from the giant vulva on one side, and to be re-entering it on the other.