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—the next grouping—uses the same graphic as
, and the meaning is often breast-related,
but this character is dened as “small” by the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary. “Small” is aeuphemism for “breasts,” but the meaning is “small.” Euphemism and metaphor are the ways in
which humans could use pictures to stand for sounds and ideas: how we can read.“Breasts as a metaphor” is a common motif because when something is important, eve-ryone wants to be a part of that importance. Food was key in the beginning of man, and milkallowed for civilization to get a jump start. The ratio of a woman’s breasts to her physical size as
measured with any other primate shows how signicant the increased proportion meant to our
culture’s survival. Comparing primates to all mammals shows that there was a evolutionary pref-erence for the teats to enlarge, reduce in number to two, and to move to a more visible position.
The eyes and the breasts have as close a relationship as do lips and breasts. Eyes of the male see
breasts of the female and produce offspring whose lips receive life from those same mammaries.This underpinning of sustenance shows up in all scripts as a duple usually, a mound or t-shaperepeated. The evidence of “breasts” being used metaphorically is seen in Sumerian words thatsignify for diminution (child, junior, offshoot, cub, small), kinship, and an association with milk.
Tur - Smallrotated 90° cw
Breasts are important,so there are a variety of
words that signiy or are
associated with them:
ama, eme, didi, dumu,ga, gaba, gala, genna,nar,
No doubt there are more.