Saturday, March 13, 2010

~~~Indecipherable Herbarium ~~~ ~~~~~~~~The Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript is a mysterious handwritten illuminated manuscript with pictures of unidentified plants, fanciful drawings of naked women lounging in a hallucinatory universe of tubes, and bizarre and wonderful cosmological mandalas. The writing is in an unknown alphabet or cipher, and despite the attentions of the top cryptologists over the decades, nobody has ever made a dent in figuring out what it means.

Scientific tests and internal evidence seem to verify the manuscript as a genuine production of the early 16th century rather than a more recent hoax. My personal opinion, though, is that the "writing" is nonsense, and that the book was created by somebody who wanted people to think that he or she had a book of secret magic that only they could understand.