Post by Franz Gnaedinger
Not my trick, anticipated by Richard Fester, then accounting for my first law
of Magdalenian: inverse forms have related meanings. I derive woman from GYN
Greek gynae, inverse NYG for night and Nyx, taboo name of Despoina 'mistress',
alter ego of Demeter. Nyx was a poterful goddess feared even by Zeus. The
Elaia side or disc of the Phaistos Disc tells how to evoke her and get her
oracle. Cave in the Magdalenian perspective derives from KAL for cave,
Underworld, inverse LAK naming a lake, CA LAK was the heavenly lake or river,
later overformed by Galaxy 'Milky Way'. Woman and cave have no common origin
in Magdalenian, although there is a mythological connection, the Divine Hind
or Hind Woman from Altamira calling life into existence, also moon bulls,
thus creating time, periods of 30 29 30 29 30 29 30 29 30 29 30 ... days or
nights for 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 ... lunations or synodic months.
Sorry for the sloppy formulations. GYN for woman would account for Greek
gynae 'woman', inverse NYG for nyx 'night' and Nyx, goddess of the night.
Her mother was Elaia, goddess of olives; or Demeter-Elaia, Demeter the
goddess of agriculture; or Black Demeter Melaina, personifying droughts
and famines, worshipped in Elaia's grove at Phigalia (Pausanias), implored
for mercy - Pan playing a sweet melody on his flute made her soften and
spare people from starving. Nyx was a powerful goddess, feared by all,
even by Zeus (who personified the day as the supreme sky god). Nyx was
a chthonic goddess and had been equated with Gaia. By the way, the first
pair of inverses I encountered was AC for an expanse of land with water
(village names like Rouffignac and Cognac in the Guyenne) and CA for sky
(Old Latin caelum) while the compound AC CA named the Indo-European earth
goddess akka (a stammered name according to Pokorny, a meaningful name in
my opinion), the Sanskrit mother akka, and Hebrew Hawwa 'mother of all life'
English Eve. The inverse compound CA AC may have named Gaia. Those names
invoked the Great Goddess of old , her body symbolizing the fertile earth,
her breasts and arms (combined in some violin idols from the Cyclades)
the surface of the earth where we live and are active (arms) and find our
nourishment (breasts nourishing babies), and her head the sky, her eyes
moon and sun.
Daud Deden is right in connecting milk and honey Latin mel that may also
account for mel-ody (story of Pan above). Elaia as goddess of olives (elaia
'olive') provided oil and was associated with a giant bee on the gold ring
from Mokhlos, Crete. Marija Gimbutas presents a
'Bull-horned bee goddess in the shape of a bee' rendered on a stylized
bull's head of bone. Bilcze Zlote, northwestern Ukraine. Late Cucuteni.
Fourth millennium BC.
in my opinion (a heir of) the Orion goddess, emanation of the Divine Hind
Woman in Magdalenian times who sent moon bulls from Aldebaran in Taurus
'Bull' on their heavenly mission. Fermented honey and water yielded mead,
bulls provided meat, and blood of sacrificed bulls may have been sprinkled
on the ground in rites of making the land fertile.
Sounds can well reveal connections, but phonetical similarities alone
are not enough, they can also lead astray. Etymology is no less demanding
than taxonomy in biology. The minimum requirement for participating in
a scientific forum on language is to consult etymologies, best in university
libraries, but there are also fine sources online.
PS I showed up in here because Ross, unwisely, rubbed his oil lamp ...