Yima and his Bull: Gemini and Taurus in the Lascaux Caves (cont.)
By William Glyn-Jones
We may then look at the bird-on-pole located under the Bird-Man, and note that, surprising as it indeed is, there is a bird on a pole (Horus on Pillar) in the same position below the Twins in the Denderah Zodiac! This is the standard known as the "Followers of Horus", and an inscription at Denderah says that it was according to plans inscribed upon a goatskin dating from the time of these Followers of Horus that the plan of the Denderah Temple was rebuilt. According to the Egyptians the Followers of Horus were those people who came to Egypt from another land long before dynastic times, and here is their standard, their totem, in this same place in the Zodiac of this same Denderah temple supposed to recall their design! So…were the Followers of Horus the painters of this Lascaux scene, a bird-and-bull totem Magdalenian tribe who migrated to the Nile valley?
Bird-on-Pole beneath Gemini in, left, Lascaux, and right, the Denderah Zodiac
A bird on a pole is present in early Egyptian rock art and 2004 research by Dirk Huyge has revealed very early Egyptian rock art showing bulls in what he describes as the Franco-Cantabrian style. This rock art is scientifically dated to between 8,000 and 10,000 B.C., very, very strongly supportive of the theory that a Magdalenian tribe had started settling in the Nile valley at that time.
The feet of Yima in the Lascaux image map onto Orion when it is taken as a star-map, and this fits with the fact that the Egyptian name for Orion actually means "Toes Star".
There is more confirmation of a connection, for, astoundingly, it is said of the deceased pharaoh in the Pyramid Texts: "You ascend with the head of a hawk and all your members are those of the Twins of Atum." In the later Hermetica Atum is credited with the creation of the Zodiac, in which context there would be no doubt about whom the Twins of Atum are - they are Gemini! Yima in the various stories goes first into the Otherworld to become Lord of the Dead. Here we have him, in the Pyramid Texts, ascending to that place with the same bird-headed form 'the head of a hawk' that we see at Lascaux.
In fact in the Rig Veda of early Hindu India there are similar texts that concern the passage of the dead into the Otherworld, the land of Yama.
Left: Egyptian pre-dynastic "makeup palette" depiction of the bird-on-pole standard, and right, Hindu Yama and Yami, the Twins, in leaning posture on the Black Buffalo
"Yama was the first to find the way for us, this pasture that shall not be taken away. Where our ancient fathers passed beyond, there everyone who is born follows, each on his own path.
[To the dead man:] Go forth, go forth upon those ancient paths on which our ancient fathers passed beyond, rejoicing in the sacrificial drink.
Unite with the fathers, with Yama, with the rewards of your sacrifices and good deeds, in the highest heaven. Leaving behind all imperfections, go back home again; merge with a glorious body.
The fathers have prepared a place for him. Yama gives him a resting place adorned by days, and waters, and nights."
I suggest that we consider very seriously that these Hindu texts and the words quoted from the Pyramid Texts go back to the same Upper Palaeolithic origins! I never would have believed such an idea if I hadn't traced through these most unexpected connections.