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The Trois Freres Cave Bison-Man in the Milky Way Theory

February 4, 2016/Lynn

Here’s my theory: There’s an image in the Cave of Les Trois Freres in France that looks like a little Bison-Man playing a musical instrument. It’s called the Little Sorcerer or the Petit Sorcier à l’Arc Musical. There is an image in the Milky Way that I think is the Little Sorcerer Bison-Man in the cave.

Sketch after Breuil's Little Sorcerer Cave Drawing

Sketch after Breuil’s Little Sorcerer Cave Drawing

Bison-Man in the Milky Way Sketch

Bison-Man in the Milky Way Sketch

The Little Sorcerer Bison-Man Cave Image

The Little Sorcerer Bison-Man is an engraved image in the Cave of Les Trois Freres in southwestern France (Ariege). It is included in a panel with numerous engravings. Its date is about 13,000 BC (Paleolithic).

The Bison-Man in the Milky Way Image

Where to look: The Bison-Man in the Milky Way is a small image next to the Scutum Star Cloud. It looks like there is a dark line and a line of stars next to the nose of the Milky Way image. The sketch includes a line of stars. (There is also a star closer to the body that turns the line of stars above it into a curved line image.)

The Bison-Man cave figure and the Bison-Man Milky Way image are facing in opposite directions.

Cave Panel

There are many images in the cave panel with the Little Sorcerer Bison-Man, including a reindeer and a bison-type figure. I think the reindeer/bison are also Milky Way images. (Update: Added sketch. This image compares three cave figures with three Milky Way images. The blue dot is the M6 Butterfly Cluster.)

Sketch after Breuil's Cave Drawings and Sketch of Milky Way Images

Sketch after Breuil’s Cave Drawings and Sketch of Milky Way Images

There are also many markings next to the reindeer/bison cave figures that I think are images next to the reindeer/bison Milky Way figures. (Update: Added sketches of the markings. On the Milky Way sketch the blue dot is the M6 Butterfly Cluster and the pink dot is the M8 Lagoon Nebula. In the Milky Way the marking in front of the reindeer image is filled with a gold/orange color.)

Sketch after Breuil/Images Next to Cave Figures

Sketch after Breuil/Images Next to Cave Figures

Sketch of Milky Way Images

Sketch of Milky Way Images

For the full theory view Reindeer/Bison Theory.

Additional Thoughts

1) Perhaps there is a link between the way the Bison-Man Milky Way image is viewed and the Bison-Man’s location in the cave.

2) In addition to other possible meanings, could the Bison-Man cave figure have represented a certain time of year when the Milky Way image was in a specific location?

3) In the Trois Freres Cave there is another panel with a Bison-Man type figure. It appears to be looking backward. Perhaps the Milky Way image is also connected with that cave figure. (And perhaps the backward-looking cave figure is the Bison-Man turning around.)

4) The Bison-Man Milky Way image appears to be above a Milky Way bison image that is facing (and directly behind) the Milky Way reindeer/bison. Perhaps the Bison-Man Milky Way image and the Milky Way bison image below it were thought of as one.

5) Perhaps this Bison-Man Milky Way image is connected to other cave figures (for example, the Sorcerer of Gabillou or Chauvet) or to the minotaur.

Additional Information

Outline of Sorcerer Milky Way Image

Outline of Sorcerer Milky Way Image

Sketch after Breuil's Sorcerer Cave Drawing

Sketch after Breuil’s Sorcerer Cave Drawing

I also posted a theory about the large Sorcerer of Les Trois Freres Cave and the Milky Way.

The Bison-Man Milky Way image is part of the top of the right antler of the large Sorcerer Milky Way image.

[For the full Sorcerer Theory click here]

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Links for More Information
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trois_Frères
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Breuil

 


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