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"The Codex Gigas holds the entire Vulgate version of the bible along with Isidore of seville’s encyclopedia Etymologiae, Josephus’ Antiquities of the Jews, Cosmas of Prague’s Chronicle of Bohemia, chapters of history, etymology and physiology, a calendar with necrologium, a list of brothers from the Podlažice monastery and details of magic formulae, spells, medicine and other local records."
"Folio 290 recto, otherwise empty, includes a unique picture of the devil, about 50 cm tall. Directly opposite the devil is a full page depiction of the kingdom of heaven, thus juxtaposing contrasting images of Good and Evil."
"A Goode way to get the stone called Crapandina, out of the Tode. Put a great or ouergrowne Tode, (fyrst brused in dyvers places) into an earthern potte, and put the same in an Antes hyllocke, & couer the same with earth, which Tode at length ye Antes wyll eate: So that the bones of the Tode and stone, wyll be left in the potte."
"There be many late Writers, which doe affirme that Text, whose opinions (because they attribute much to the vertue of this stone) it is good to examine in this place, that so the Reader may be satisfied whether to hold it as a fable or as a true matter, exemplifying the powerfull working of Almightie God in nature, for there be many that weare these stones in Ringes, being verily perswaded that they keepe them from all manner of grypings and paines of the belly and the small guttes. But the Art (as they terme it) is in taking of it out, for they say it must be taken out of the head alive, before the Toad be dead, with a peece of cloth of the colour of red Skarlet, where-withall they [sc. the toads] are much delighted, so that they stretch out themselves as it were in sport upon that cloth, they cast out the stone of their head, but instantly they sup it up againe, unlesse it be taken from them through some secrete hole in the said cloth, whereby it falleth into a cestern or vessell of water, into which the Toade dareth not enter, by reason of the coldnes of the water."
Sweet the uses of adversity.
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head
originally posted by: frostjon361
The only definition for Gigas that I can find is
from Greek gigas giant. Word Origin and History for giga- Expand. arbitrary word-forming element meaning "billion" in the metric system, 1947, from Greek gigas
It basically means big
but it was a year he had not a day
also parts at the end are in different handwriting
it appears they became possessed with it and it became their fools gold. & now for the grand finale… go back to the original request by the monk whom asked the monastery to let him produce a book that would make the monastery be glorified forever. According to the story, the monastery agreed to allow the book to be written in one day. Was the monastery blinded by his promise for them to become glorified ? If it were true… it says a-lot, that even the monastery, they too chased after fools gold. :-)
originally posted by: Dan00
Sorry, I'm kind of stuck on the toad thing as I have no real interest in the book.
I don't think it is a particularly interesting book, unless you're a Czech, hence all the marketing blurb to 'big it up'.
originally posted by: Dan00
Anyhow, what I am referring to are the Toadsmen or Horse Whisperers. They were harvesting the pelvic girdle of the toad and also probably the hyoid bone. They were making an amulet that would allow them to speak to horses (at least).
Prominent amongst these was the group known as toadmen, so-called because they were thought to rely on a bone taken from a dead toad for this purpose. Firstly though, in a grusome ritual, the toad itself had to be placed over an ant’s nest until its body had been reduced to a skeleton by the insects.
This was then carefully placed in a clear, fast-flowing stream. The first bone to be washed off by the current was retrieved and offered magical powers to a toadman. In some cases, it was apparently necessary to take the bone to a graveyard where the Devil would appear on the third night and try to steal the bone.
As recently as 1908, belief in toadmen still survived. At Bourne, in the English county of Cambridgeshire, one of the workers at the local blacksmith’s forge was accused by a farmer of stealing money. When the farmer visited the smithy in a pony and trap, the man was seen to draw a handkerchief across his face. The pony then refused all the farmer’s inducements to move, and stayed there all day.
The man finally released the pony by walking over and simply patting its neck. His fellow workers were amazed by this display but the toadman warned them not to follow his example. He explained that it was a dangerous craft which drew on the Devil’s powers.
It is interesting to me that they refer to the same process as using the ants and there is also talk of the devil. Weird.