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Theory: The Sorcerer of Les Trois Freres Cave and the Galactic Center of the Milky Way

 

[Credit: ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org). Photo Source. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License]**


 
(Update: Added photo. Image is near the top/next to the bright area.)

April 23, 2015/Lynn T.

Here’s my theory: I think the Sorcerer of Les Trois Freres Cave is an image in the Milky Way located between the Scutum Star Cloud and the tip of Scorpius’ tail — the Galactic Center of the Milky Way is in the lower half of the sky image. (The location is described in more detail below.) It’s a fascinating image in the night sky.

Left: Sketch After Breuil’s Sorcerer Cave Drawing. Right: Outline of the Milky Way Image.

(Updated sketch/outline. Galactic Center is noted on the outline.)

Sorcerer of Trois Freres

About 13,000 BC an image was etched and drawn on a cave wall. Now usually called the Sorcerer (also the Shaman or Dancing Shaman) the image still resides about 15 feet above the floor of the Sanctuary chamber of Les Trois Freres Cave in southwestern France (Ariege). The Sorcerer (about 30 inches high and 15 inches wide) has antlers, a beard, tail, and it looks like it is dancing.

Milky Way Image

There is a large image in the Milky Way that looks like the Sorcerer of Trois Freres. The sky image also has antlers, a beard, tail — looks like it is dancing. And the sky image’s antlers appear to match the asymmetrical antlers drawn by the Abbé Breuil (Henri Breuil). There are four points on one antler and three points on the other.

(Added photo.) (Facial features and ears can also be seen in the sky image.)

[Credit: ESO/Y. Beletsky. Photo Source. Photo cropped/rotated by Lynn. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License]**


 
(Marking: The dark line next to the right side of the Milky Way image’s face looks like the marking next to the right side of the cave image’s face.)

Where to Look

The sky image is located between Sagittarius and Scorpius. The Galactic Center of the Milky Way is located in the lower half of the image. The sky image’s right antler reaches up to the Scutum Star Cloud, and its feet are above the tip of Scorpius’ tail. The tail/backside of the image is the Dark Horse/Pipe Nebula. And the M24 Small Sagittarius Star Cloud is part of the face/beard. (The upper part of the beard is light and the lower part of the beard is darker.) (Added map.)

'Sorcerer' Milky Way Image Sky Map

‘Sorcerer’ Milky Way Image Sky Map

 

Additional Trois Freres Cave Figures and Markings (Bison-Man and Reindeer/Bison/Markings)

One of the engraved panels in the Trois Freres Cave includes images of a bison-man and a reindeer and bison-type figure. The bison-man cave figure looks like part of the top of the right antler (next to the Scutum Star Cloud) of the Sorcerer Milky Way image. The reindeer/bison cave figures and the markings next to them also look like images in the Milky Way (most overlap the Sorcerer Milky Way image/middle and lower body).

(Added sketch/updated. The blue dot is the M6 Butterfly Cluster.)

Bison-Man and Reindeer/Bison: Sketch After Breuil's Cave Drawings and Sketch of Milky Way Images.

Bison-Man and Reindeer/Bison: Sketch After Breuil’s Cave Drawings and Sketch of Milky Way Images.

(Added sketches of 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.)

Reindeer/Bison Markings. Left: Sketch After Breuil/Markings Next to Cave Figures. Right: Sketch of Milky Way Images.

Reindeer/Bison Markings. Left: Sketch After Breuil/Markings Next to Cave Figures. Right: Sketch of Milky Way Images.

(For more information: Bison-Man and Reindeer/Bison Theories)

Additional Thoughts

1) If the Trois Freres Sorcerer was originally a sky image it may explain its position high above the cave floor. (Perhaps there is a link between the way the Milky Way image is viewed and the Sorcerer’s location in the cave.)

2) There is a claustrophobic tunnel about fifty yards long that leads to the Sanctuary chamber. Could this tunnel have in some way represented the arch of the Milky Way?

3) In addition to other possible meanings, could the Sorcerer have represented a certain time of year when the sky image was in a specific location?

4) This theory could also explain the Sorcerer’s asymmetrical antlers and full face.

5) Could others have been influenced in some way by the sky image – such as Witsen’s Siberian Shaman or the Celts (Cernunnos)?

6) As the earth rotates the Sorcerer sky image appears to dance across the night sky. Perhaps this movement influenced dances, etc.

History

The three sons of Count Begouen discovered the Cave of Les Trois Freres in 1914. Trois Freres means “three brothers.” The Sorcerer is also called: the Shaman or Dancing Shaman of Trois Freres. In French: Sorcier de la Grotte des Trois-Frères.

Links for My Cave Art/Rock Art and the Milky Way Theories

France: Trois Freres Cave Sorcerer, Reindeer/Bison/Markings, and Bison-Man
Spain: La Pasiega Cave
Africa: Game Pass Shelter and Willcox Shelter

Links for More Information

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sorcerer_(cave_art)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Breuil
To view a photo of the cave Sorcerer visit: https://www.britannica.com/place/Trois-Freres

 


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