Sometimes it feels as though entire hominid species have evolved in less time than it takes to read “The Land of Painted Caves,” the sixth and. Map of the travels of Ayla of the Mamutoi and Zelandonii in the book ‘The Land of Painted Caves’ by Jean Auel. This is the right way up to look. Thirty thousand years in the making and 31 years in the writing, Auel’s overlong and underplotted sixth and final volume in the Earth’s Children.

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Auel published in March It is the sequel to The Shelters of Painged — published 9 years earlier — and is the sixth and final book in the Earth’s Children series. It describes Ayla’s life among the Zelandonii, and her training to become one of their spiritual leaders. In this three-part book, Ayla is 20 in part 1about 23 in part 2 and 26 in part 3 and is training to become a spiritual leader for the Zelandonii.

The third part of the book contains most of the action of the story and plot line. In the first part, Ayla is at a Summer Meeting paunted she begins to learn what an acolyte does.

Ayla and the First decide to start Ayla’s Donier Tour – a tour of the sacred caves in the wider region. Jondalar, Jonayla, their animals and many others decide to travel. The second part is mainly about the caves they visit. In many of the Sacred caves the Ancients, the people before the Zelandonii, left drawings. Ayla meets many other Zelandoni painter one of them gives her a pouch of dried herbs smelling faintly of mint. Ayla also discovers that the Clan visit some of the sacred caves as well.


In the third part of the book, Ayla is marking the passage of the sun auwl moon’s phases as part of her training as an acolyte.

Xuel night she is distracted and decides to share Pleasures with Jondalar, starting a baby. However, most of her Cave leaves for aueel Summer Meeting, but Ayla stays behind until Midsummer so she can finish her observation of the celestial bodies.

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During this time she takes care of Marthona, her mother-in-law, as well as the others in her Cave. One night Ayla makes some mint tea, actually the dried herb mixture given to her in the second part of the book, and is Called. If an acolyte is Called, then she will be tested by the Zelandonia, and initiated into the Zelandonia if the Calling is cavds. Ayla puts down her drink and runs along a river into a cave, where she spends the next three days hallucinating.

Wolf wakes her from her visions, and she finds herself in the dark cave. She allows Wolf to lead her out of the cave, but not before finding a bag painetd there by Madroman, an unskilled acolyte who faked his Calling, and who has had a deep-seated hatred of Jondalar since adolescence. Outside are people from her Cave who were worried about her absence, and it is discovered that Ayla miscarried.

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She spends the cages few days recovering from her experience and helps deliver a friend’s baby. After delivering the baby, Ayla travels to the Summer Meeting.


Upon her arrival, she finds Jondalar sharing Pleasures with Marona Marona being Jondalar’s bitter ex-girlfriend whom he abandoned to go travelling in the second book, and who actively and spitefully caused Ayla much difficulty when she first arrived at Jondalar’s home.

This leaves a rift between Ayla and Jondalar.

She turns Madroman’s bag over to the Zelandonia, and he is rejected from their ranks for his attempted deception. Ayla is accepted into the Zelandonia and attempts to use a dangerous hallucinogenic root as part of her initiation – one that was greatly feared by her first mentor, Mamut. The rift with Jondalar is only healed when he manages to call her back from the deathlike coma induced by the root.

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