“And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.” How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss
This is not a blog. It is more like a book (in hypertext) about a book (in cyphertext). And you might have guessed that it is about the Codex from Rohonc (also known as Rohonczi Kodex), the strange little cypher manuscript that withstood almost two centuries the attempts to make sense of it. With its clumsy writing and simplistic drawings stretching over 200 pages, it managed to titillate the imagination of many while holding its mystery intact.
Most of those who got involved with the Codex were drawn by the encoded, encrypted, secret script so I decided to focus on the pictures instead, and determine their content and meaning. Which in return helped me understand at least several elements of the script and build up a general comprehension of the Codex.
And here I am, offering you a close encounter with the mysteries of the booklet and with my struggles to solve them. What I am not offering are final answers.
You can immerse yourself in my book and read chapter after chapter or take advantage of the hyperlinks and skip to what interests you most.
You will find more details about the Codex here. The 93 drawings are discussed in 10 chapters named The Story in the Pictures. Probably the most interesting are The Nativity (here), The Last Judgment and The Ptolemaic Universe (here), The Trinity (here), Constantine and the Angel (here) and The Archangels (here). If you take the effort to cover them all, you might find others to be of greater interest and, certainly, you will find out that I have no clue for 25 of the drawings. At the end of these chapters there are some conclusions pertaining the drawings.
The Codex is a bizarre collection of paradoxes which annoyed each of those who studied it. I identified some of them in What Makes The Puzzler Sore.
Or you can go straight to the last chapter where my detective work and my imagination merge to explain the use and reason of the Codex in The Probable Use of a Meaningless Object.
Take a look at the Content and you will find some more chapters.
- Crisis? What Crisis? – or how I got involved in the Rohonc Codex mystery.
- A Book of Mystery and Imagination – a very short presentation of the book and those involved in its history.
- On Method and Sources – a bit about how I worked
- The Story in the Pictures (pages 5 through 18) – identification, analogies for the Codex drawings
- The Story in the Pictures (pages 21 through 36)
- The Story in the Pictures (pages 38 through 45)
- The Story in the Pictures (pages 49 through 67)
- The Story in the Pictures (pages 69 through 91)
- The Story in the Pictures (pages 93 through 113)
- The Story in the Pictures (pages 117 through 137)
- The Story in the Pictures (pages 142 through 183)
- The Story in the Pictures (pages 187 through 206)
- The Story in the Pictures (pages 206 through 214), and conclusions
- The Son of Man Came Eating and Drinking – a collection of recurrent themes from the drawings.
- Divine Designators – a bit too technical chapter about certain signs which work like sacred names, with some statistics.
- If This Script Makes Any Sense, Then, … – this and the previous chapter are the account of my deciphering/decoding efforts and their results.
- What Makes the Puzzler Sore – musings on ten strange things from the CR. And some more statistics.
- !rorriM – Everything is backwards. Why?
- Hic Sunt Serpentes – Some thoughts on the symbolism of snakes and their presence in the Codex R.
- Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder – different people see different things when looking at the same picture. Is my interpretation final, is any interpretation final? However, sometimes the result is funny. Ha, ha funny.
- Who Dunnit – exactly. Profile, name, you get it all.
- On When and Where – pretty self-explanatory title.
- The Probable Use of a Meaningless Object – If this book was made for a purpose, this should have been it. Take it or leave it, I love it.