Post by Daud Deden
I'm starting to check the names of the caves associated with early AMHs (Anatomically Modern Homo sapiens) or hominin remains for possible paleo-etymologies, I'm not claiming these as factual, but as reasonable interpetations.
Bhimbetke (Narmada River, central India) Bambatwa-Ebembe(Mbuti: body painting) = ceremoniously painted (cave)wall
Lida Ajer (Sumatra) may be Lidah Air (Modern Malay) = tongue water
["Sumatra" from Sumbatwa = Xyua + mBatwa = Sieve + Pygmy clan which uses click consonants per Merrit Ruhlen, linguist)]
120ka? (uncertain date)
Mata Menge (Flores) = Mata + menge = eye/point/hole + dark(mengelap),
50ka? (uncertain date)
Ling Bua (Flores) = Ling + Bua = zero or ceiling(?) + cave (cf. (Malay: gua cave)
Madjedbembe (Queensland, North Australia)= Image-magic + ebembe(Mbuti: body painting) = ceremoniously glitter-painted(cave)wall
Booti (island, Northwest Australia) = Birth/beget/mother = Mbo(oldest African YDNA; Mbo in Balinese: mother) + uterine-youth-utility~fertility(?) ~ BaM.buti(Congo Ituri rainforest Pygmy tribe)
Sulawesi cave with world's oldest painted walls ?
Laos Monkey Cave (Pygmy skull fossil) ?
Borneo (Spirit?) Cave ? 45KA?
Toraja burial caves
Chauvet (France) and other European painted caves with odd or ancient unknown names carried since antiquity.
Southern African cave shelters with artifacts (ochre crayons, etched eggshells like Howieson Poort ~ 65ka
Note: Spirit/Spooky = haunt(English) = hantu(Malay:white-faced ghost) = Kabuki(Japan:white-faced ghost theatre) = Kaoáíbógí(Piraha tribe, Maici River, Amazon, Brazil: white-faced spirit guide/theatre)
What exactly is your aim? The names of Paleolithic caves are recent,
for example the Chauvet cave is named for Monsieur Chauvet who was among
the few people who discovered and explored that amazing cave.
More interesting is translating the elements of cave painting into language.
The oldest element identified so far is a red ocher dot in the Altamira
cave, 41,000 plus minus years old. In my opinion, a red ocher dot stands
for life SAI while the cave wall stands for the sky CA, together SAI CA
which might have become Greek psychae 'soul'. Such a red ocher dot would
have claimed a second life in the beyond for a worthy soul. Greek psychae
also means butterfly; amazingly a butterfly is found among the drawings
in the Chauvet cave, while the large domino five with an additional dot
in elevated position in the Brunel chamber may be read as follows: PAS
for everywhere (in a plain), here, south and north of me, east and west
of me, in all five places, Greek pas pan 'all, every' pente penta- 'five',
and again CA for sky, together: may the bullman (depicted on a stalactite
in the rear chamber of the cave) be reborn by the goddess of the Summer
Triangle Deneb Vega Atair (Venus on the same stalactite) in the sky CA,
and may the bullman (a worthy supreme leader of the Lower Rhone Valley)
roam the sky in his next life as he roams (or roamed) the land in this life
- may he get everywhere PAS in the sky CA ...
Red ocher dots and hand impressions are also known from Indonesia, where
they are even older, some 60,000 year old, if memory serves. Do they have
the same meaning as the ones in European caves? imploring a second life
in the beyond for a worthy soul?