Bourges Cathedral heritage site of Unesco in France is another historic site that shows how English translation of ancient names has caused immense damage to scientific world. Scholars see Bourges as the ancient city of Avaricum located at the Centre-Val-de-Loire region. It is claimed as one of the first Christian monuments of Gaul. But interestingly this ‘Centre’ is not situated at the ‘geographical centre’ of France. Of course, scholars have criticised the meaning of ‘Centre’ attached to this cathedral. The region included Val-de-Loire which is also called as Coeur de Loire and the meaning derived from this name reads it as ‘Heart of Loire’.
The meaning of the ‘Centre-Val-de-Loire’ should be seen through Saint Etienne who perhaps went to gallows for loving the religion of his time which the King of his time did not like. Scholars say that the site was a place of worship from 3rd c A.D.
Centre –Val-de-Loire was a hair-relics(means ‘Bala’ in Odiay language) temple of Saint Etienne situated in the Loire Valley whose capital is called Orleans. The valley also includes the province of Touraine and Berry. The monument contains five naves and chapels surrounding the choir. The sculptures on the north and south doors, on the tympanum of the Door of the Last Judgement (at the centre of the west façade) is a typical reference to the ancient Jerusalem which was as same as Hade of Homeric epics.
What interesting is the meaning of ‘nave’ that holds the story of the ancient migrants’ home address. The term nave means the ‘nabhi-sthala’ means the ‘navel’ or the centre of the earth region. It does not mean ‘ship’; ship rather refers to the means of migration. It is wrong assumption to consider ship as an early Christian symbol. ‘Ship of St Peter’ and ‘Ark of Noah’ are historical products of the centre of the earth region.
Bourges—Bhrugus or the Bhargavas; refers to an ancient clan in which Sage Bhrugu, or Bruch was born. They were Phrygians(bagha means Tiger)
Etienne—Wu-tu country/Mt Eta
Avaricum—Avadana; a place of great literary importance.
Centre—Kanti was a part of this region neighbouring to Avadana.
Gaul—settlements of Gollas.
Coeur de Loire (Heart of Loire)—Kuru region; neighbouring to Gollas
Orleans—Or or Arei region
Touraine—Tyre and Tyna
Chapels—refers to ‘foot-wear’ relics temples.
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