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Described as the most studied and most mysterious manuscript in the world, hundreds of scholars have attacked the Voynich manuscript. Dr. Levitov tells how he broke the text, including his discovery of the word ISIS, a pattern-word. A transliteration of the script symbols is provided.
Dr. Leo Levitov, author of Solution of the Voynich Manuscript, presents the thesis that the Voynich is nothing less then the only surviving primary document of the " Great Heresy" that arose in Italy and flourished in Languedoc until ruthlessly exterminated by the Albigensian Crusade in the 1230s. The little women in the baths who puzzled so many are for Levitov a Cathar sacrament, the Endura,'or death by venesection [cutting a vein] in order to bleed to death in a warm bath'. The plant drawings that refused to resolve themselves into botanically identifiable species are no problem for Levitov. He stated, "There is not a single so-called botanical illustration that does not contain some Cathari symbol or Isis symbol. The astrological drawings are likewise easy to deal with; The innumerable stars are representative of the stars in Isis' mantle. The reason it has been so difficult to decipher the Voynich Manuscript is that it is not encrypted at all, but merely written in a special script, and is an adaptation of a polyglot oral tongue into a literary language which would be understandable to people who did not understand Latin and to whom this language could be read. Specifically, a highly polyglot form of medieval Flemish with a large number of Old French and Old High German loan words. Many people disagree with his claims.
Some of the symbols used in the Voynich manuscript are similar to symbols in other scripts or notations. In particular, the following similarities have been noticed:
Early Arabic Numerals
Latin Shorthand Abbreviations
also mentions Leo Levitov,
an American physician who in 1987 also alleged a solution to the cipher,
but which Poundstone also regards as pathetic and illusory. I won't quote
any more from his book, since this post is way too long as it is, unless
people request more. If anyone wants to order Poundstone's fascinating
book, go to any Waldenbooks, B. Dalton's, or Barnes and Noble bookstore to
special order it:
Title: Labyrinths of Reason
Author: William Poundstone
Publisher: Doubleday 1988
Originally posted by soothsayer
Parden me... but what ever happened to the research team on ATS that was to investigate the Manuscripts? It's been over a year, but so far nothing has been mentioned!
Originally posted by Nygdan
Has any research project ever accomplished anything here? I don't know if they have, have they?