Yima and his Bull: Gemini and Taurus in the Lascaux Caves (cont.)
By William Glyn-Jones
Mesolithic rock art of the Sahara is like Magdalenian art - some of them seem to have crossed over in a colder period to the Sahara which was then lush and then settled along the Nile valley when the Sahara dried up.
Another name for the Followers of Horus was "The Founders of Heliopolis". The totem of Heliopolis was, again, a bird on a pole, namely the Benu Bird, the Phoenix who stood on the perch in the primordial ocean. The Egyptian myth of the Phoenix reborn after long periods of time is thought by Egyptologists to refer to the Sothic Cycle. The Egyptian year started with the first rise of Sirius just before the Sun, but with precession this date gradually shifted with respect to the solar year. The Sothic cycle relates to this shifting - the finer details need not concern us here, but the point is that the Phoenix, the Bird on the Perch, was identified with Sirius. And amazingly, this too fits with the location of the bird on the pole in the Lascaux star-map. This further seems to confirm that Heliopolis with its cult totem was indeed founded by those Followers of Horus who hailed from the Magdalenian culture.
It must be noted, however, that at the Lascaux latitude 17,000 years ago Sirius never rose above the horizon, while in truth the position of the bird-on-pole in the Lascaux painting relative to Gemini, Orion and Taurus is more like that of the reasonably bright Procyon, in Canis Minor, which was visible in the Lascaux sky at that time. It could well be that the associations were transfered to Sirius once the much brighter star appeared in the sky nearby. The bird-on-pole figure in the map here is pasted individually, not in exactly the same position as in the cave painting.
I find this deeply fascinating. Because Heliopolis is also Sirius in the Orion-correlation scheme, I find myself, though I never really believed it before, much more open to the possibility that the Orion-Giza correlation results from a plan first conceived thousands of years earlier than the materially productive Egyptian culture whose artefacts fill the museums, rather as Robert Bauval originally suggested in The Orion Mystery. Mapping the Lascaux version of the star-map onto this scheme puts the bird-head of Yima (i.e. the twin stars Castor and Pollux) at the location of Memphis and its land-of-the-dead equivalent, the Saqqara complex. Sokar was an ancient deity associated with Saqqara, and he was shown as a hawk-headed figure.