Cinnabar is associated with "life" and "rejuvenation" in the ancient world and is most associated with the Earth Mother. Painting above depicts Christ in a red robe, symbolizing the same aspects.
Traces of ancient mining operations are also met with in several places in North America ; but all we know about them is that they are of much earlier date than the Spanish conquest. Mention is made of ancient mines of cinnabar existing in California,' where the rocks have given way, burying in their fall the miners, whose skeletons lay at the bottom of the mine beside clumsy stone hammers, the only tools of these savage workmen. Similar hammers have been found in the Lake Superior mines. We shall recur to this subject ;