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

France/Paleolithic Cave Art

Update: My Trois Freres Cave Sorcerer, Reindeer/Bison, and Bison-Man theories are all included below. – Lynn

 

[Credit: ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org). Photo Source. (CC By 4.0).]**

(Added photo. The Sorcerer Milky Way image is near the top/next to the bright area.)

 

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. It’s a fascinating image in the night sky.

Sorcerer of Trois Freres

About 13,000 BCE an image was engraved and painted 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 looks like it is dancing.

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

(Updated sketch/outline. GC is the Galactic Center.)

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.

[Credit: ESO/Y. Beletsky. Photo Source. (CC By 4.0). Photo cropped/rotated by Lynn.]**

(Added photo. Line points to Galactic Center.)

(Image: The body shape, antlers, head/neck lines, shoulder/arm lines, backside, tail, lines under the tail, bent legs, feet, long ears, long beard, and facial features, including round eyes just above the nose and arch shape, can be seen in the Milky Way. Marking: The dark line next to the Milky Way image’s face/beard looks like the dark line next to the cave figure’s face/beard.)

(The Milky Way image also explains the cave Sorcerer’s full face, the tail’s lower position, and the combination of features.)

More Trois Freres Cave Images and the Milky Way

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 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 (some overlap the Sorcerer Milky Way image/middle and lower body).

Outline of the Image in the Milky Way/Horizontal Orientation.

(Added sketch/updated. GC is the Galactic Center. To View the Images See Below: Reindeer/Bison Theory and Bison-Man Theory)

Where to Look

The Sorcerer 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 Pipe Nebula. And the M24 Small Sagittarius Star Cloud is part of the face/beard. (Added sky map/updated.)

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

2) There is a long claustrophobic tunnel nearby. Could this tunnel have in some way represented the arch of the Milky Way?

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

4) As the earth rotates the Sorcerer sky image appears to dance across the night sky. Perhaps this movement influenced dances, etc. (The light surrounding the Milky Way image may also have some significance.)

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.

April 23, 2015/Lynn T.

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Theory: The Trois Freres Cave Reindeer and Bison in the Milky Way

France/Paleolithic Cave Art

[Credit: ESO/Y. Beletsky. Photo Source. (CC By 4.0). Photo cropped/rotated by Lynn.]**

(Added photo. Milky Way images. Line points to Galactic Center.)

Here’s my theory: In the Cave of Les Trois Freres in France there is a panel of engravings that includes figures that look like a reindeer and a bison-type image. There are images in the Milky Way that look like the figures in the cave. I think the cave figures are the Milky Way images.

Reindeer/Bison/Markings Trois Freres Cave. Left: Sketch After Breuil’s Cave Drawing. Right: Sketch of the Milky Way Images.

(Updated sketches. GC is the Galactic Center. The Milky Way images explain the positions of the reindeer/bison cave figures.)

Cave Figures

The reindeer/bison-type figures are engraved images (in a panel with numerous engravings) in the Cave of Les Trois Freres in southwestern France (Ariege). The images date from about 13,000 BCE.

Milky Way Images

Where to look: The M6 Butterfly Cluster is located near the backside of the reindeer (noted with a blue dot on the Milky Way sketch). There is a line of stars in the reindeer Milky Way image and a line of markings on the reindeer cave image.

Markings Next to Cave Figures

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. (On the Milky Way sketch the pink dot is the M8 Lagoon Nebula.)

Cave Panel

There are many images in the cave panel with the reindeer/bison-type figures, including an image that looks like a Bison-Man playing a musical instrument (also called the “Little Sorcerer” or Petit Sorcier à l’Arc Musical). I think the Bison-Man is also a Milky Way image. (See Below: Bison-Man Theory)

Bison-Man and Reindeer/Bison/Markings Trois Freres Cave. Sketch After Breuil’s Cave Drawings and Sketch of the Milky Way Images.

(Added sketches/updated. GC is the Galactic Center.)

Additional Information

I also posted a theory about the large Sorcerer of Trois Freres Cave and the Milky Way. (Some of the Milky Way Reindeer/Bison/Markings images overlap the Sorcerer Milky Way image/middle and lower body.) (See Above: Sorcerer Theory)

Additional Thoughts

1) Perhaps there is a link between the way the Milky Way images are viewed and the reindeer/bison’s location in the cave. In addition to other possible meanings, could the figures have represented a certain time of year/cycle when the Milky Way images were in a specific location?

March 21, 2016/Lynn T.

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

France/Paleolithic Cave Art

[Credit: ESO/Y. Beletsky. Photo Source. (CC By 4.0). Photo cropped/rotated by Lynn.]**

(Added photo. Image in the Milky Way.)

Here’s my theory: There is an image in the Cave of Les Trois Freres in France that looks like a little Bison-Man playing a musical instrument. It is 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.

Bison-Man Trois Freres Cave. Left: Sketch After Breuil’s Cave Drawing. Right: Sketch of Milky Way Image.

(Updated sketches.)

Bison-Man Cave Figure

The 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 BCE.

Bison-Man in the Milky Way Image

Where to look: The Bison-Man in the Milky Way is an 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 Milky Way image’s body that turns the line of stars into an inward curved line.) 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 Bison-Man, including a reindeer and a bison-type figure. I think the reindeer/bison are also 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. (See Above: Reindeer/Bison Theory)

Bison-Man and Reindeer/Bison/Markings Trois Freres Cave. Sketch After Breuil’s Cave Drawings and Sketch of the Milky Way Images.

(Added sketches/updated. GC is the Galactic Center.)

Additional Information

I also posted a theory about the large Sorcerer of 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. (See Above: Sorcerer 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. In addition to other possible meanings, could the Bison-Man cave figure have represented a certain time of year/cycle when the Milky Way image was in a specific location?

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

3) (The Bison-Man Milky Way image’s arm may have been viewed as two arms. Also, there is a line above the Milky Way image’s shoulder that may be the other arm.)

4) (The Bison-Man Milky Way image appears to be above another Milky Way bison image that is facing and directly behind the Milky Way reindeer/bison pair. Perhaps the Bison-Man Milky Way image and this other Milky Way bison image below it were thought of as one. The Bison-Man Milky Way image looks like it is standing or dancing or jumping, etc. on this other Milky Way bison image – there may be other historical connections to these images.)

5) The Bison-Man Milky Way image may be connected to other figures — for example, the Minotaur, the Gabillou Cave Sorcerer, or the Chauvet Cave Sorcerer.

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February 4, 2016/Lynn T.

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