Persisting European Wudewasas
Friday April 20, 2012
¿Hominid footprints Aralar?
- Vinson, Folklore du Pays Basque (1883), p. 43. J. M. of Barandiaran, Eusko-Folklore (1922); Basque Mythology (1960), pp. 75–76.
Basque mythology, the basajaun (plural: basajaunak[literally, "Basajaun People"]) were an ancient human race of stout, hairy wild men who were megalith builders. Basajaun means “Lord of the Woods”. They once dwelled in the mountains of the Basque Pyrenees of northern Spain and southern France. They had knowledge of magic. The Basajaun was heavily built and about 2 to 3 meters tall. Dark reddish hair reached their knees. They were very agile, strong, hairy beings with animal characteristics. The Basajaun watch over the forests and all wild creatures. They are rural genies, also called the Wild Lords. They are also considered to be the protector of flocks. When comes a storm a Basajaun will shout warnings to the shepherds; and they prevent wolves from approaching flocks. They are the first to have cultivated the earth. Human beings obtained the right to cultivate the earth when a man won a bet with a Basajaun. He stole the seeds that the Basajun was sowing and he came back to his peoples to teach them how to produce food.
[Interestingly also, the Abarimon or people-with-their-feet-turned-backwards, of the Himalayas and spoken of by Pliny and other Ancient authors, is just another version of the Barmanu, Bangjakri or Biabanguli=Golub-Yavans. There is also evidently a Classical reference to a type of ape (Pan) with a pointed head in the Himalayas, mentioned by Heuvelmans, but I have not seen it myself]
Below, some portraits of Basa Jaun and Basa Andere, The Lord and Lady of the Forests and Wildernesses. The classicant names included Homo Sauvage and Homo Silvestre, Salvages, Holtzman and Holtzwib, Waldmen, and Wudewasas; all names basically meaning the same thing across several languages, "Forest People".
[free translation of the French original]
The Basa Jaun
The Basa Jaun is the protector of the Basque people. Feared, revered, worshiped, he extended his bear claws gleaming above the valleys and passes of the Soule, the mark sacred. It is the primordial state and barely humanized civilization. The Basa Jaun is the father of all Basques and one who has learned of animal life. He was the first miller, the first breeder, the first blacksmith. Caves are workshops magic whence escape the flames, sparks and smoke from his hammer. The mountain peaks are his chimneys of its houses wild, at the bottom of which he watches over his treasures of gold and jewels. Previously, his roar terrified priests and faithful shook the church. Among the favorite foods of Basa Jaun, priests in cassocks and their processions were bigoted pride of place. He always crunched some to whet your appetite. Faced with the huge mountain and wooded who represented his natural temple, the bell towers of villages swooned with terror, as defeated in advance ...
The Basa Andere
The cries alerted the male to the female . The earth opened and the Basa Jaun appeared, with open arms and claws deployed. He bounded through the forest in search of the little thief, frightening roars that froze the blood of all the inhabitants of the Soule. The shepherd boy, pale and broken, ran without looking back. Behind him, his hunters approached, enraged, and threatened him with torture and pain mile ...
At that time, the shepherd boy saw the appearance of the church of Saint-Sauveur. One of the many churches and chapels that were built squat in the mountains to protect the Christians of Basa Jaun. He gave a cry of joy and, almost knocking down the door, there rushed inside, falling on his knees before the altar ...
The Basa Jaun stopped before the porch of the church uttering grunts . The breath of holy water and incense which exhaled the revolted. His nose and sticking his tongue, he moved away from the shepherd boy and left unharmed. Was heard grumbling, in Basque, a few curses for priests and their religion deadly. The shepherd boy, He shook the brass candlestick against her heart, feeling all the magnetic forces of the Earth who crossed him and redonnaient force. This chandelier, was the fire of Prometheus stole the Lords wild. It was the control of natural forces, storms, lightning, storms. This was the assurance of well-being and agricultural excellent crops for the whole region. Afraid to emerge into the forest with so much booty, the shepherd boy laid it on the altar of the church, next to the cross, and made a gift to the Christian God in gratitude for his intervention. Since this day of grace, the candlestick of the Basa Andere remained in Saint-Sauveur, and because of this little church the center of the climate controls and factories throughout the storm Soule ...
Laminak (The Dwarfs)
Despite their hideous appearance, the Laminak are considered builders of engineering. Men enter into contracts with them, to perform work impractical, often in one night. Most of the bridges , tunnels and old castles of Soule's work would be their big fingers magic ...
Below are some photographs from the CFZ Spain blog purporting to show Basajaun.
At left below is a Neanderthal skull at the base of the species split with modern Homo sapiens from Spain and 500000 years old. At the right is a very early reconstruction of a Neanderthal from Gibraltar by Thomas Huxley, who was evidently still thinking of a classical Satyr. The remains in this case were female, a point which Huxley missed. Besides the spurious addition of the short tail, this reconstrufeatures a hafted handax and they aren't generally supposed to have been used that way.
6 June 1972, before the Archaeological Survey of Narbonne, an unexpected communication on "the abominable human-des-Neiges in the Pyrenees," was read by a French teacher of this city, Paul Ormières (Ormières 1972). Having learned of it in 1981, I took immediately contact Ms. Ormières widow who kindly put at my disposal the library of her late husband, especially his unpublished study on "the Neanderthals in the Pyrenees", written two years later (Ormières 1974).
P . Ormières opened his study with a summary of research on the 'Wild Men' of the USSR. Officially, the Neanderthals disappeared there are 40 000-35 000 years. Yet more recent remains have been assigned (Podkoumok, Kvalynak, Novosiolka, etc.), but some authors have questioned, considering that it is just modern humans with the characters 'Neanderthal'. In 1979, however, was discovered Neanderthal skull of St. Cézaire (Charente-Maritime) - this one contested by anyone - in a Castelperronian level, the first level of the Upper Paleolithic: 35 000 to 30 000 years (Leveque and Vandermeersch 1981 ). I n fact, behind the dogma of the extinction of Neanderthals, there is the old idea, however untenable anatomical and evolutionary, that Neanderthals have been transformed into modern humans: the discovery of St. Cézaire shows that this hypothesis is untenable from a prehistoric perspective, since we are witnessing the simultaneous presence of two types of rights. Since then, Thermoluminescence dating sites made in Israel have shown that modern humans had been there for nearly 100,000 years, while Neanderthals are dated as 60 000 to 48 000 years, making several thousand years (minimum) of 'cohabitation', perhaps not entirely peaceful, to rule out definitively the parentage (Valladas et al. 1988). In appearance of Neanderthal man, many anthropologists argue that clean-shaven and dressed, he would go unnoticed in the best society. According to the skeletal remains, we can deduce the muscular anatomy, but there ends what is certain: among the most obvious characters include the prominent brow ridges ( torus supra-orbitalis ), an extremely elusive front , the absence of projecting chin, etc.. Other issues are still controversial, as the structure of the hand: it seems indeed that there were Neanderthals in the hands very similar to ours, such as La Chapelle-aux-Saints, and others much more specialized, such as Kiik-Koba in the Crimea, according Bounak, their hand has low enforceability of the thumb, and therefore certainly a lesser ability to manual skills, which is confirmed by other studies (Musgrave 1971). Similarly the foot of these Neanderthals shows an adaptation to the mountain: the toes are very mobile, arranged in a fan, which can bend sharply to ensure a better grip, as shown by the imprints of Toirano (Italy). Most experts admit that the Neanderthals were very muscular, as shown by the attachment points of tendons, or the shape of the foot bone, to support a large weight (Trinkaus and Howells 1980), and they presented various adaptations to cold (Trinkaus 1981): it is therefore highly likely that they also presented the most banal, the simplest of these adaptations, namely a thick hair. Moreover, the animals associated with Neanderthals Würmian the former, and sharing the same climate, possessed such a fleece: mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, etc.. Similarly, most modern reconstructions represent them with thick lips, which is very unlikely: this is an adaptation for dissipating heat and increasing the surface area in contact with air (like a radiator in short), and it is therefore not surprising that we found among black Africans. It is more logical to think that Neanderthals did not have visible lips, as do the anthropoid apes. the other point of divergence concerns the nose, represented generally thick in most reconstructions: in fact, the study of the nasal bones can be deduced that the Neanderthals had to be extremely flattened and rolled up. Only the fear of ridicule that prompted specialists to give them a nose in blatant contradiction with the anatomical data. Recent work of anthropologist Trinkaus (Anonymous 1988) show that the Neanderthals did have a broad nose, nostrils gaping ... The e subjective reconstructions of Neanderthals broke out in one proposed by Jay Matterness (Rensberger 1981), so Yul Brynner clean shaven, the color of the skin and eyes has been deduced from that of Iraqis today, claiming that he is a Neanderthal from Iraq. To follow this reasoning inherently absurd, we should imagine the original Neanderthal man (that of Neander in Germany) with blond hair and blue eyes! This is also how they are represented (why not have freckles?) By Erik Granqvist Préhistorama of the canister (Ardèche), he says for optimal use of solar energy. Specious argument: it is known, the Eskimos are not blond with blue eyes. Certainly, they know to protect themselves from cold by warm clothing, adequate shelter (tents, igloos) unknown Neanderthals. But they had solved the problem in different ways: by the pneumatization of the skull (sinuses acting as double glazing), in their proportions, etc.., And probably also by their fur. Fossil material amount finally that various studies the pharynx of Neanderthals give them a lesser ability to speak as modern humans. This has been challenged: the bioacousticien Guy-René Busnel has subtly noted that the study of the pharynx of a parrot would lead to the conclusion that almost no vocal range. And besides, the fact to give fewer sounds does not alter the case: two sounds (the walrus!) Can encode any language. The only answer can come only from a cultural study: gold, the fact is that one does not have a single artistic representation due to Neanderthals, another form of abstract representation of an object. T hird point: since the centuries, have been reported in various parts of the present USSR (as well as Mongolia, Tibet, and Indochina),'' of'' Wild Men, whose sketch recalls irresistibly Neanderthal man: size human body very powerfully built, entirely covered with hair except the face, almost glabrous, long hair, prominent brow ridges ('' eyebrows are like a cap visor,'' said a witness); front and receding chin, upturned nose and flattened ridiculously ('' like when you stick your nose to the window''); largely split mouth without lips visible head buried in his shoulders, leaning forward attitude, massive trunk, almost cylindrical; feet wide, toes fan, bent, causing the toes protrude II and III (the anatomy of the foot is confirmed by fingerprints taken including the Caucasus); relatively short lower limbs, upper limbs relatively long, mainly because of the length of the hands (forearm is instead relatively short), broad hands, opposable thumb weakly (a wild female, threatened with a stick, instead of the whole hand to grasp the divert, trying to place all its fingers on the same side), the thenar eminence without (showing the base of the thumb:'' there is no 'meat' here'') [the latter two points are related: the thenar contains important muscles allowing opposition movements, muscular atrophy of this region is therefore logical beings in showing a low enforceability of the thumb, but who could have imagined an anatomical detail as subtle? ], Etc., etc..
They are beings are bipedal, very agile in the mountainous regions that are theirs (their foot to the toes is very mobile greatly) they temporarily occupy some caves or rock shelters, their food is omnivorous: it goes wild plants (fruit , berries, moss, fungus, etc..) plants cultivated by humans (tomato, onion, potato, corn, sunflower, etc..), animals (carrion horses, sheep, frogs, lizards, turtles, mice, squirrels, etc.), without forgetting what is hidden from human (milk, cheese, bread, eggs, honey), etc. (Koffmann 1984), and females are described as hairy as the males, their breasts are long and pendants, sometimes reaching the stomach, they have no language, emitting cries very powerful, and we do not know their tools, rather they apparently do not produce, they are primarily nocturnal habits. Degree in 1963, the Soviet historian Boris Porchnev hypothesized revolutionary survival of Neanderthals. In 1968, the zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans was able to study the corpse kept in a freezer of a hairy man, probably shot in South Vietnam, the U.S. exhibited on the fairgrounds, and responding to the previous sketch. The rigorous study he has done has shown that this was a representative of a Neanderthal population still living today (Heuvelmans & Porchnev 1974).
the appearance of the Homo pongoïde in life illustration from the book of Heuvelmans & Porchnev, Plate 48
S ince then, the hypothesis of the survival of Neanderthals has been defended by Myra Shackley relevance (1982) in the prestigious journal Archaeology Antiquity : she has discovered in Mongolia including Mousterian tools, usually associated with Neanderthals, very recent (probably less than 20 000 years or less), that the mountain of Altai attribute to the almas , the Wild Man and hairy local. A armed insidious work of Dr. Koffmann on almasty Caucasus, the zoologist Khakhlov on -ksy gyik of Dzungaria, Academician of Mongolian Rinchen on almas of Mongolia, as well as Dr. Heuvelmans on the frozen specimen, it is possible to find the key to our problem.
I n all Pyrenees short legend of John [Juan] of the Bear, the most popular story of this region: there are dozens of versions, built around the following core: a bear kidnaps a young girl, the carries in his cave, and holds her prisoner in the cave closed by a heavy slab. He is a son, hairy and strong as a bear, hence its name, which, in growing, becomes strong enough to move the slab and run away, he makes perfect, and then after many adventures, which evoke including the cycle of the Round Table, who were obviously added later, as can be seen by comparison with the legends of the Basque Basa Jaun (see below). Hybridization man x bears is obviously genetically impossible, but is it really a bear? The manual skills lent to offspring of their love against nature evokes a primate hand, not a bear paw (as well as the episode of the slab with respect to the father) would it a confused recollection of a hybridization between a type of primitive man and a woman? We will return ... O n find this theme bear abducting girls in parties'' Bear'' as in Prats de Mollo, Arles sur Tech, or Saint-Laurent-de-Cerdane in the Pyrenees Orientales. Parties bear also exist in the Ariege, and Daniel Vine was inspired by a sequence of his film The Return of Martin Guerre . In all cases, a character playing'' Bear'', often armed with a stick or a club, kidnaps a girl, he is pursued by hunters who eventually capture him, kill him (or shave , or emasculating), and deliver the girl. In fact, we find there exactly the theme of'' manhunt'' wild charivaris medieval carnivals and Central Europe (Bernheimer 1952).
No shadow of the Pyrenees traditions are still alive on the Wild Men. In Arles-sur-Tech, simiots [Monkey-men] ,'' hideous monsters, with forked teeth, crooked hands, prowling the night on the roofs and down into the houses through the chimney by pushing the funeral screams'' (White 1979), the Tradition has it that the Saints Abdon and Sennen local who had defeated. The so-called'' bear'' Carnival of Arles sur Tech discussed above is also always called Simiot . I n Haute-Ariege, the Wild Man was called the pelut om (hairy man ), or iretgge , which could be a corruption of heretical:
"At a time unknown to the twelfth or thirteenth centuries, lived in the forest of Barthes, two wild men ( iretgges ), naked, hairy, armed, each a knotty stick, coming from who knows where, with no shelter that caves in the mountains, and, for nourishment, the spontaneous products of the soil or they could take the game ". T o get rid of these reactions, a villager had the idea of leaving red trousers, drawing their eyes in the forest, that iretgges enfilèrent. Villagers jumped over them, and made them prisoners because they were hampered in their movements (Pinies 1978). D years this legend, it actually recognizes the old myth of the Wild Men with his staff, but also, and c ' Even more significant, the old legend about how to capture the monkeys, making them fit the boots that make them walk awkwardly, which is found in Africa (Heuvelmans 1980). The question asked most is what'' local'' monkey may well have inspired the legend that is told also in the Aude with hooves instead of pants or boots (Maffre 1939)? C s in another case, a ready iretgge a scimitar, it is clear that there has been superimposed by the memory of the past presence of the Moors in the south. The Wild Men of alleged lewdness, their nocturnal (night being favorable to the devil in the popular imagination) could accentuate their diabolical character, so heretical in the eyes of the good people ... The characters that resemble the goat (see below), so the popular image of the Devil, should contribute more.
In the Basque Country, both French and Spanish with captions are at the Basa-jaun , the Wild Man (or rather the Lord Savage [King of the Forest]) local:
" Basa-Jaun is not significantly different from a wild beast. It is hairy as a bear, it feeds on grass or game, it does not leave the mountains and forests, it is cruel, he is a thief, [...] It is not subject to infirmities: it keeps always a unique strength and is impervious to weather the seasons and it works day and night ... "(Cerquand 1875-1882). O ne to the man nicknamed'' goat'' is accused of haunting the huts of shepherds in the mountains, where it comes to warm by the fire, or simply steal their milk and cheese, as a true parasite (Webster 1879). Of course, in various tales, he is accused of abducting women and make them small, which are of unusual strength and hairy (Sébillot 1904-1907), which reminds us of the legend of John of the Bear. Adding that he seems to have long hair (including Basa-Andere , his wife), and many of his exploits are happening at night. A lthough this character is present in numbers of Basque tales, it is considered (or was considered recently) as a real animal: the Goupil's Roman de Renart , and other forest animals, talk like men, does not mean that the fox, Vulpes vulpes zoologists, does not exist! On the contrary, a reading zoological (especially ethological) of this medieval masterpiece tells us something about the behavior of this animal: He lives in a den, it is omnivorous mainly carnivorous, that it is smart to the point of playing dead, etc.., etc.., and anatomically feasible should it look like its' cousin'' Ysengrin wolf ( Canis lupus ), but with a red fleece - all things perfectly accurate , and since amply demonstrated. Al so insidious, two centuries ago, at most, loggers forest Iraty claimed to have met his footsteps, and the other hearing, and memory is perpetuated in most recently during evenings by the fire: "Two mountaineers have indeed heard at night in the rocks, as they desperately sought some cattle lost [...]". Lost in the mist, they s 'orientaient by calling itself with the scream they call irrintzina , when one of them realized that it was the Basa-Jaun who imitated! (Duny-Petre 1960). Yes a number of stories are extremely mythicized, true tales fabulous in fact, there are some that are surprisingly realistic: I do not want to show that'' the Basa-Jaun or cavolar '' , which is worth quoting in full : "Once upon a time, in a barn, two shepherds. One evening, after supper, they began to roast chestnuts in the fire. As they roast, they lay down a time because they were much fatigued during the day, keeping their sheep, and sleep overtook them: "A noise from the door wakes them up and they hear something that shakes the latch on the door. Terror seized them, as they say themselves that it is surely Basa-Jaun . They remain silent, do not talk, and pretend to sleep. "They were not mistaken: they are entering a Wild Lord all black and covered with hairs. He approaches them, and they feel a rough hand shaking and browse their face. They think it is all their lives, the Lord Savage will devour them, and they are so scared they barely breathe. But no: Basa-Jaun moved before the fire, warms, and removing the nuts from under the ashes, he eats them all. While eating, he looks every now and then, if the shepherds wake. They died of terror, not moving even more. " The Lord Savage, after eating chestnuts, rose, took the hut which suited him, and left without hurting anyone. " One tale? Yes, certainly, but one that has amazing flavor of authenticity: is almost like a story typical of the Caucasus, as Marie-Jeanne Koffmann has collected.
I n the case of the Pyrenean Wild Man, there is not that the folklore: it also has testimonies relating to creatures and hairy hominoids observed until very recently, precisely in the countries of Basa-Jaun . C 'is how a Navy engineer, David Leroy Julien, in his work on logging in the Pyrenees (1776), has mentioned several stories of feral children, such as the famous Victor of Aveyron. In the late Francois Truffaut who has devoted one of his best films ( The Wild Child ): they are merely abandoned children and then returned to the wild, unrelated to our purpose. However, he cites a case far more troubling: "There is not two years [ie in 1774] that the pastors of the forest Yraty, near St. Jean de Pied de Port, saw often a wild man who dwelt in the rocks of this forest. This man was tall, shaggy as a bear, and warning as hisards, a cheerful, with the appearance of a mild, since it faisoit wrong with anything. Often it visitoit huts with nothing; it connaissoit nor bread, nor milk, nor cheese; his great pleasure was to make the sheep run, and disperse them by loud bursts of laugh, but never hurt them. mettoient Pastors often after their dogs, so it enfuyoit as a trait, and not suffered to never get too close. Once, he came one morning at the door of a hut of workers who made the oars, and a large amount of snow fell during the night retenoit; he stood at the door he held with both hands, and looked upon the workers laughing. One of these people glided gently to try to grab a leg over he saw approaching, and redoubled her laugh more, then he escaped. It was felt that this man could be thirty years as the forest is a large body , and communicates with huge wood belonging to Spain, there to assume that it was a young child who was lost there, and who had found the means to subsist on grass. " This last explanation is very naive, inspired by the legend of the Hairy Anchorite, who wants to live in the wild we finally acquire a mop of hair, devoid legend, need I say any foundation. Other testimonies were collected by Gomez-Tabanera (1978): in the last century, a ' mujer salvaje [wild woman] was reported in the mountains of Cantabria. Nicknamed'' the Osa Andara '' [the bear of Andara(Lady Bear)], she took refuge in caves:'' his arms and legs were hairy, with a coat similar to that of a bear.'' It fed on milk, chestnuts, roots, raw corn, fruit and berries (strawberry, currant, etc.), honeycombs, but also sometimes of little goats: "I saw her eat one of these animals, writes Joaquin Fusté there Garcés in 1875: at that moment she roared like a real beast and threw lightning with his eyes. " She had a kind of tray or bowl for milk and a knife made from a piece of horn, and she wore around his waist'' a kind of skirt which no one knew if it was hair or fabric.'' G Omez-Tabanera legend also reported on the formation of the monastery of San Salvador de Cornellana in Asturias . Once a child has been abducted by a monster described as dare [bear]. After extensive research, we found them both in the forest,'' the so-called bear giving the feeding to the child, who lay quietly in his shaggy coat.'' The lord of the sky Doriga to thank the miracle had built the monastery and sculpt the scene [ see photo ]. I t is perhaps an even more recent testimony, narrated by Daniel Fabre (1969) in his study of Jean-de- Bear: "Ms. Gomez (born 1926), Lézignan capita (Aude), told us that in his native village, Cuevas Bajas-(Malaga Province) around 1920, a young couple (the Palmares) were party in the Sierra Morena to keep livestock. They lived in an isolated cabin. One day the husband was away, the young woman disappeared. Villagers did not pursue long research thinking she had been devoured by wild beasts that infested the region. But some time later the woman went home and told her amazing story. " She had been kidnapped by a monkey while she was washing her clothes in the river. He had taken her in his cave and he raped her. During his absence, she had managed to escape. A few months later she gave birth to a girl we named Anica and who was better known by the nickname'' the daughter of the orangutan'' ( the orangutan hija del ) [Note: more exactly, orangutan ]. She had inherited the physical part of his father, long arms, hairy body and his face was that of a monkey in the lower part of her mother at the top. This girl was also subsequently two son still living in the city of Labisbal (Province of Gerona), the first is absolutely normal, but the other is called'' cheese'' because of his ugly monkey " . The hybridization man x Monkey is generally considered impossible, although it has not really explored the possibility for ethical reasons. However, the case of maternity Vichy (a girl who lived held captive by his father in a trailer, along with a chimp, and that gave birth to a stillborn baby monster) is well documented, and disturbing to say the least (Duvic 1973). However, such a hybrid, if it existed, would unsustainable: the anatomical differences between man and Pongidae (apes) is such, that is not clear what could give such an intermediary between a runner's foot first, and the prehensile and arboreal (transformed into hand ) other ... In the case of Ms. Palmares, with the usual caveats (second-hand testimony, prior to the birth of the informant), the hybrid concerned is hairy, upper limbs are long, and'' the bottom of his face is'' monkey, which may mean he has a receding chin, and perhaps no visible lips ... What has been called the father of orangutan should not be misled: c is obviously a catch-all: today we would call a'' monkey man'' or King Kong. Moreover, his morals troglodytes have nothing to do with those, arboreal, the red ape of Sumatra and Borneo.
I t is time to review the various hypotheses that have been developed to try to explain the persistence of the myth of the Wild Men in the Pyrenees and elsewhere. P o folklorists who collected these traditions (including Daniel Fabre) Wild Man is an archetype, a preconceived idea and stereotypical human mind, intended to serve as a foil and let us know, we 'civilized', a high opinion of ourselves in comparison with the Wild. This explains the stereotypes, the cliches of the Myth: Man and Wild Hairy amateur of good wine and pretty girls, found since ancient times [see the satyrs of Greek mythology]. All this is perfectly true, but a myth must also feed on reality, on pain of death: the myth of the Man-Dog, for example, has rapidly declined and disappeared, failing to find real people in whom he can find material to survive. Conversely, the myth of the Wild Men became incarnate in apes (eg gorilla who is accused of removing the black women to copulate with them! - Slander born of ancient myth, but n None the less true that these monkeys are real! P our other authors, all would be explained by the bear: witness the festivities of the bear, the legend of John of the Bears, etc.. In reality, it is clear that there has been rather late substitution of the bear to the Wild Men (and still is in the Pyrenees only): this is perfectly demonstrated by the name of Simiot given to the'' Bears' Arles-sur-Tech, this word from the Latin Obviously simia , that is to say 'monkey'. Alignment with the Wild Man hunts in Central Europe has also been noted. U no other assumption made in the middle of last century about the Basa-Jaun , would be it a memory of the Basques of the orangutan (sic), understand the chimpanzee (Chaho 1847) . Indeed, it was thought that the Basques were related to the Guanches of the Canary Islands (one even claimed that they descended from the Atlanteans), and therefore they would have known the chimpanzee, yet one might encounter at south of the Senegal River. addition that no longer defends this hypothesis, the Basa-jaun bears no resemblance to the chimpanzee: suffice it to recall the moral troglodyte (not tree), or the hair, lent to the first . R este the working hypothesis that guided the author throughout his research, formulated in 1972 by P. Ormières front of the Archaeological Survey of Narbonne, and developed in 1974 in his study of nine typewritten pages ever published, following that the Neanderthals had survived until recently in the Pyrenees. It is fair to say that this assumption has been blown by Bernard Heuvelmans, but the latter, to our knowledge, has never publicly acknowledged this hypothesis until 'to very recently (Heuvelmans 1986). I must say though that the thesis of P. Ormières has against it to be rather superficial and flawed surprising. Thus, speaking of the 'squaw' from the Ariege (a girl ensauvagée in Ariège in the early 19th century, he writes that it was hairy, which is wrong (Lenotre 1979). And he seems to consider the famous Victor of Aveyron as belonging to the survival of Neanderthals This is untrue. Later, however, it evokes a character he has seen, and which he said could be a part of the record: "This is a person considered a moron and deaf silent, hosted by a hospital in Bagneres de Luchon between 1920 and 1936. was called Clémentou or Clementi and it was given as Spanish origin. His death record calls Alfonso Clemente, son of Vicente and Juano Calvera, Benasque in Val d'Aran, unmarried 23 July 1936. "Of medium height, stocky, his head between the shoulders, long arms, short legs, slightly bent and twisted, not in front, reddish brown hair, but few cut, short nose with large nostrils, mouth huge jaw drooping, it made him look goiter, very large hands and feet very large, walk on the pavement, dragging their feet. "Emits sounds, grunts and squeals indicating sensations or needs, but does not speak clearly, or a Spanish dialect or a dialect of French. He is not dumb, or deaf, as it reacts to his name, spoken with intonations local, with a look and an 'uh' interrogative . Does not like children running around him screaming and violent temper, but is harmless. very voracious, eats anything, without difficulty swallowing frogs or whole fruit ". P . Ormières a beautiful state '' anything that departed radically from the Neanderthal type of'', but it lacks the most obvious attribute to Neanderthal relics taken today, namely the fleece of hair! So one might think that the poor Clémenti n is a poor microcephalic idiot, if he had so many other Neanderthal characteristics: if it was not a Neanderthal, it may have been some Neanderthal genes ... B ref, and despite all the sympathy one may have to Professor Narbonne, it must be said that his study was superficial: ironically, he arrived at a conclusion probably fair, but based on false arguments! I returned to the Spanish José prehistorian Manuel Gomez-Tabanera (1978) have defended the thesis Neanderthal again, regardless of P. Ormières. E n effect, this hypothesis can explain the entire record in great detail:
- The Wild Man and hairy forest Iraty: everything in him irresistibly think of the Wild Men of the USSR: hairy as a bear, agile as the chamois as to outrun the dogs (the foot of the mountain Neanderthals), etc..
- The venture of Andara: his hair, his diet, his morals troglodytes, really evoke the almasty Caucasus. One might object that it possessed the rudiments of 'civilization', that seem to ignore (or rather have forgotten) the Neanderthals relics, but in fact there is evidence in the Caucasus on the use of bags placed around his waist, sticks, like stones thrown weapons, etc.. (Mahuzier Mahuzier & 1982). The vessels of the dare of Andara have obviously been stolen, not made: the loss of community life and the absence of language led to the disappearance of Neanderthals industries. But it is possible that it was a Neanderthal hybrid x sapiens, which brings us to the next point.
- '' The Bear 'Monastery Cornellana, by the relative brevity
of the forearm, trunk cylindrical, the mouth widely split, flattened nose, the
prominent brow ridges, and even the resting posture (squatting' as a camel ':
see illustration) irresistibly recall what has been reported by Khakhlov for
ksy-gyik of Dzungaria. Added to this are the creases
around the mouth, very marked, and immediately evoke the nasolabial folds and
the oculo-malar frozen specimen studied by Heuvelmans (see reconstructions).
course, it was hairy: it is manifest on the sculpture, and implicit in the
tradition (otherwise, what would have justified its designation of
Sculpture called'' the Bear of Cornellana ''
(Asturias, Spain) Photo: JM Gomez-Tabanera
- The parties bear the legend of John of the Bear, the name of venture awarded to women wild, and so on. : The Wild Men typically Neanderthal currently described in Asia, are often called 'Bear Men': ren-Hsung in Chinese, half-dre or mid-teh in Tibetan -iou woun Burmese, Mishka-tchélavek in Russian.
- Clementi, the moron from Bagneres de Luchon, suffers from microcephaly (not front), acromegaly (enlarged hands and feet), hyperthyroidism (goiter), and in fact that amount of discrepancies it is a monster among monsters: it is much simpler to assume that Neanderthals possessed amount of genes, and therefore it looked like a almasty not hairy though: stocky, head between his shoulders, long arms, legs short, bent and twisted '(see the sharp curvature of the femoral Neanderthals), sloping forehead, short nose with large nostrils, enormous mouth drooping jaw, large hands, large feet, etc.., etc. .. As for the goitre is perhaps the fact that the vocal sac is reported in Asian Wild men, which amplifies their voice as in gibbons.
- The folklore of the Basa-Jaun : the 'sketch' has attempted to make Duny-Petre (1960) is irresistibly think of Neanderthals lingered in the USSR: Wren, nocturnal, living in the mountain forests, hairy , with long hair, like the bear, screaming powerful, feeding on many things, including by committing petty thefts in the shepherds' huts, etc.., etc.. : The basis of the folktale is remarkably similar to the amount of accounts collected in the Caucasus in particular (in this case of first-hand evidence, circumstantial encounters with Wild Men and hairy).
N crop material amount that the penchant for milk and cheese of the Wild Man is perhaps explained by a lack of vitamin D. It is known that the pathology of the Neanderthals, according to their bones, often shows osteoarthritis and rickets, the latter due to a deficiency of vitamin D, found in abundance in milk. After breastfeeding, the Neanderthals could be found in fish in small quantities, but they ignored the harpoon. It was suggested that in addition to low intake, it could have been a bad metabolism of vitamin D from lack of ultraviolet, because of a little sunshine into the mists of the Ice Age, and if it was simply related to customs and troglodytes night? A joutons the name given to Goat Man Basa-Jaun , evokes the hairiness (hairy as a goat), foot for mountain (a real 'goat foot '!), and probably foul smell (it should' smell the goat '!), all things reported in Asian Aboriginal Men. Note also that the Devil of the Christians being featured with characters of a goat (among other foot), had to give basis on behalf of iretgge used in Ariège. S ilo Incidentally, there is impairment in myth in the eastern Pyrenees, or the bear, the heretic (Moor? Cathar?) or the Devil have obviously been superimposed: it could mean the disappearance of Neanderthals oldest in this part of the chain. In Arles-sur-Tech, simiots are decked teeth ends and other spooky details. In fact, the latest evidence and most conclusive physical evidence from all of the Basque Country or Spain. If the Basques were able, by the isolation of their valleys, keeping a single language (which differs from all Indo-European languages), and no less a single gene (a very high percentage of Rh negative blood types) - we think they are almost pure Cro-Magnon - then a fortiori the Wild Man Neanderthal was able to survive very long in the mountains, in fact until the deforestation in the 17 ° -18 ° centuries ...
showing on one side a couple of bison and the other
a couple of'' hairy'' [according to SAINT-PIERRE] Figure from the book of Heuvelmans & Porchnev, p. 430
- This late survival is also witnessed by another element
that must be read into the record: the curious engravings in the cave Isturitz
(Pyrénées Atlantiques), dating back fifteen thousand years. This is initially a flat bone
engraved on both sides, as described in JA Mauduit 40 000 years of Modern Art:
"A man lying naked, adorned with bangles, stretches out his arms toward a woman lying in front him. The woman is strong and hairy, and on his thigh, an arrow triple row of barbs, symbol of his conquest. The engraving is on the other side is not unrelated to the previous one: it appears a bison male ready to mate with a female that developed into the hindquarters and tail erect, the male is also on the shoulder of barbed arrows. "
A ccording Heuvelmans (Heuvelmans & Porchnev 1974), this would be a list of successes: the bracelets and necklaces are only links, and the arrow marks hunting (which would result in'' a couple of shot bison and a couple of hairy''). As he points out, human representations in prehistoric art is highly stylized (probably because of a superstitious fear that one can indulge in the magic of his portrait); cons here, if is indeed Wild Men that our ancestors had to look like animals, there was no bar to faithfully represent their features: Heuvelmans notes'' extremely receding forehead, neck short, powerful neck, chin and above the deleted curiously upturned nose.'' In short, all the characters of the Neanderthals. We will add substantially cylindrical trunk of the female, and her breasts and long pendants. Note that according to André Leroi-Gourhan, it's not a couple, but two females, which in fact does not detract from the previous proof. C 'is at a similar conclusion that conducting the study a rock carving of the same cave Isturitz; as Heuvelmans wrote: "His hair system is represented with the utmost care: face framed by hair that distinguishes onto the back of the neck, longer hair, and - if I was not afraid to seek the facts - the scanty eyebrows, even small downy hairs of the cheeks. The turned-up nose is certainly undeniable. "
(Basses-Pyrenees), in what appears to be
a Neanderthal [after MAUDUIT, 1954]. Figure from the book of Heuvelmans & Porchnev, p. 429
Finally a possible avenue of research concerning Cagots, a pariah people of south-western France during the Middle Ages, much victims of prohibited: the obligation to marry them, to wear a distinctive sign (a bridle sewn on the garment: Hitler did not invent anything decidedly) to enter the church through a special door, etc.., etc. .. It was said that they were lepers (loss of fingers giving the hand the appearance of crow's feet, as pointed out very subtly Heuvelmans in litt. ), descendants of Goths (= bigot Goth canis dog Goth?), etc. .. All this is very controversial. Some have presented distinctive characteristics: absence of ear lobe, goitre, etc., reminiscent again of the Neanderthals lingered: in any case, their inbreeding would have effectively forced to increase the frequency of appearance of Neanderthal genes s 'it was found among them (which we refer to the problem of hybridization). The bridle is perhaps an allusion to wide feet, toes fan (in palm!) Of the Neanderthals. The legend of fairies Ariège ( encatadas ) living in caves and the footprints which looks like a webbed duck foot (Joisten 1962) may well have the same origin, more precisely be based on observation of footprints in Neanderthals the caves of the region, as Toirino Italy.
From Head of Man pongoïde of live,
front view and profile. Illustration from the book Heuvelmans & Porchnev, Plate 47
I n short, the thesis of the recent survival of Neanderthals can account for all data file. One might object that this is all very hypothetical, although the consistency of the data collected here is striking. Of course, the proof of the pudding would be the discovery of Neanderthal remains very recent (after the date of 35,000 years attributed to their extinction) in the region of interest: gold, it has been the case recently. It has indeed been exhumed in Boquete Zafarraya Spain a Neanderthal mandible in a level dated to Late Würm III, less than 30 000 years (Hublin 1989). It is hoped that systematic research be undertaken, which allow to discover the remains even more recent.
We wish to thank, for documents provided by them or their advice: Duny-Peter Petre (Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port), Jose Manuel Gomez-Tabanera (Oviedo University), Benoit Grison (Sainte-Adresse), Bernard Heuvelmans (The Vésinet), Marie-Jeanne Koffmann (Moscow), Paul Ormières Widow (Narbonne), Myra Shackley (University of Leicester) and Dmitri Bayanov (Darwin Museum in Moscow) for m ' be encouraged to write this study.
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