In my old Anthropology days, (1980’s), my cultural Anthro prof showed us a picture of a statue that appeared to be sinking into pavement. Over the years, new pavement had been added to the road/sidewalk and was slowly covering up the statue.
As a lesson in the “cultural relevance of reality” he stated the locals didn’t recognize this as being slowly covered in pavement, but they saw it as the statue slowly emerging from pavement.
Any ideas on what that statue might be? and is this story as an example of the locals believing it to be emerging, not being covered up true? I have doubts that this is really thought by the locals.