lthough the wooden *igure in the Illustrations is called an idol it is actuall, more of a cosmological representation and was created from a combination of signs based on depicted sign language. his s,stem of composition is #er, ancient dating back perhaps !0+000 ,ears or more. It was used b, a #ariet, of cultures all o#er the world. ecause of this there is no need to entertain a rather wisp, ungian framework about a human collecti#e unconscious. an, ancient compositions were based on a od, template of some kind. 'uch templates were human+animals+ plants+ or e#en ob3ects. he templates pro#ided a base upon which the signs could be organi4ed much as the, would ha#e been when the gesture signer organi4ed his signing around his ownod,.
Illustration 2: “Gobba,” a Sami woodenidol from Storuktan, !"sterbotten#ount$,Sweden% Illustration &: 'lternate !iew