9850Boomerangs in ANE
- Feb 6, 2009It is time I responded (favourably) to this.
Whenever I encounter boomerang-deniers in connection with the origin
of the letter G (gaml 'throwstick'; not camel, as taught in Hebew
school!) my gentle retort is, as I said in my earlier trumpet vs bugle
message (31 Jan 2009):
"I remember seeing Tutankhamon's missiles on show in the Cairo Museum,
with examples of Australian boomerangs for comparison; the difference
was that his are made of ivory."
I also have a big picture book of *Wonders of Tutankhamun* (Crown,
1978). It turns out to be the same source that David has named:
> A throw stick was found in King Tut's tomb:Actually, there was one ivory boomerang in his tomb, and some wooden
That source says that throw sticks and boomerangs were found in the
Annex of the tomb.
What is the difference?
Not all Australian boomerangs are 'returning' missiles, though
'boomerang' implies recoiling in English usage.
When thinking about the gamlu (Krummholz, Bumerang, von Soden; bent
stick, throwing-stick, Concise D) my mind plays with g-m-l as
connoting completion and repayment, hence the returning aspect. Is
this a silly idea that needs to be cleaned out of my head?
Do the bentness and curving notions come from the boomerang and are
then applied to the camel? And the sickle (maggalu)?
I note that the throw-stick was used in all periods in ancient Egypt.
And its hieroglyph ( T 14) is a determinative for 'throw-stick' from
a root meaning 'throw') is also a club (Gardiner says) as det. of
What goes round comes round. Have you seen the French movie where a
businessman is playing with his boomerangs en plein air? He launches
one, then answers his phone, and .......
Massey University, NZ
On 2/02/2009, at 3:33 AM, David Hall wrote:
> Throw sticks were used for hunting birds in ancient Egypt. The
> hunter stood atop a papyrus skiff and tried to knock down a duck or
> A throw stick was found in King Tut's tomb:
> David Q. Hall
> --- On Sat, 1/31/09, Andrés Piquer Otero <erewan@...> wrote:
> From: Andrés Piquer Otero <erewan@...>
> Subject: Re: [ANE-2] Wikipedia, the Boomerang, staff slings
> To: ANEfirstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Saturday, January 31, 2009, 1:25 PM
> Clark Whelton wrote:
> > I'm not sure that throw sticks, such as boomerangs, were used as
> > weapons or for hunting in the ANE.
> > Clark Whelton
> > New York
> Off the head, I recall O. Keel's "The Iconography of the Ancient Near
> East" including a number of ANE pictorial renderings with weapons that
> the author (or the academic sources he cites) interpret as "throwing
> sticks", whatever that instrument is.
> Andrés Piquer Otero
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