Theory: The Sorcerer of Les Trois Freres Cave and the Galactic Center of the Milky Way
Above: The Sorcerer Milky Way image is in the light area on the right. The image’s right antler reaches up to the Scutum Star Cloud. *[Getty Images/Embed photo]
April 23, 2015/Lynn
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.
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’s 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’s 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. Facial features can also be seen in the sky image.
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 sky 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 sky 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 dark.)
Additional Trois Freres Cave Figures and 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 of the Sorcerer Milky Way image (next to the Scutum Star Cloud). 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).
(Update: Added sketch. The blue dot is the M6 Butterfly Cluster.)
(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.)
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.
The three sons of Count Begouen discovered the Cave of Les Trois Freres on July 21, 1914. Trois Freres means “three brothers” (in English). The Sorcerer is also called: the Shaman or Dancing Shaman of Trois Freres. In French: Sorcier de la Grotte des Trois-Frères.
For Summaries of My Cave Art Theories (France and Spain) and African Rock Art Theories
Links for More Information
To view a photo of the cave Sorcerer visit: https://www.britannica.com/place/Trois-Freres
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