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Drawing Lines on f15v

From a repetition point of view, f15v is rather striking, as has been noted before.

Here is the transcription from:

poror orshy choiin dtchan opchordy -
  *chor or oro raiin cthy *ain dar -
  cthor daiin qokor okeor okaiin -
  doiin choky shol qoky qotchod -
  otchor chor chor ytchor cthys -
  qotchey choty kaiin otchy raiin -
  choy choiin sho * chy schy tor ol -
  s ytchor chor ol oiin oty shol daiin -
  otcholo cthol chol chol chody kan -
  sor chor cthoiin cthy qokaiin -
  soloiin cheor chol daiin cthy -
 daiin cthor chol chor =

The poor scribe’s cipher wheel seems to get stuck on EVA “or” on the first couple of lines and that letter pair continues to repeat throughout the paragraph, with the appearance later
of EVA “ol”, which becomes almost as prevalent.

From a geometric perspective, if you look at the Beinecke scan of the folio:


you can go slowly mad if you start drawing lines that link these “or” groups: the lines appear to be parallel and at an angle of about 45 degrees to the edges of the text.

Lines that link the "oy" groups in the text of f15v

Also, if you start drawing lines between features of the plant (tips, start of root segment, etc.) and the start and end glyphs of the text, you see features that line up.

Lines drawn between the text and the plant features on f15v

It’s a path to madness, I’m sure.

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  1. July 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I think you’ve touched on something interesting here with your ol / or comparison. Glen Claston once mentioned that when he was doing his Voynich transcription, it was as if the core vocabulary changed every once in a while (say, every 2-3 “sentences” or so). Perhaps this ol & or instance count shift might be a signature of one of these core vocab shifts (or states)? I’d expect that there will be many others too!

    • JB
      July 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Is Glen still looking at the VMs, or has he moved on?

      I’m on a beach on Oahu, so have not got the equipment to pursue the ol/or switches further at the moment 🙂

      • July 29, 2012 at 11:33 pm

        The short answer basically seems to be that he’s moved on, though it’s always hard to tell with him. 🙂

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