Rock Yonis at Daley Ranch (2 photos)

Rock Yonis are ancient female fertility symbols, carved into the rock by Native American/Indian artists (most likely by expanding on existing cracks and crevasses in the granitic rocks – the granite is relatively soft and the wind carves it, too). The information that I could find online is pretty scarce, an authentic source seems to be kumeyaay.info.

I think the first Rock Yoni that I saw was at Indian Hill, in southern Anza Borrego Desert State Park (where there are large amounts of pictographs in the so-called “Blue-Sun Cave”). I was pretty surprised to find two of them at Daley Ranch in San Diego’s north county – I’ve never seen any of them here, so close to the coast.

Which may very well be due to the fact that large amounts of the coast are developed now, and the remainders of these past civilizations (it is assumed that Southern California had quite a large population of Indians due to the beneficial climatic conditions) are gone, buried by bulldozers and urban sprawl – while the desert thankfully remains largely untouched compared to that.

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  1. I found one in Daley Ranch on the north end of the Boulder Loop trail, up the hill and a bit south of the intersection of the Cougar Ridge trail. I can’t recall if it’s one of those you shot for your images. The side of the yoni boulder was covered with cupules from the girl’s puberty ceremony. The girls would strike the boulder repeatedly with a rock to each make a small circular depression. There were many dozens on the boulder.

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