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Hieroglyphic Hallucinations and the Wicked Ibis, Lycanthropy and Hybrid Creatures. Let me inform you of the first to Egyptology Athanasius Kircher. He was a German Jesuit scholar and polymath who published around 40 major works, most notably in comparative religion and geology and medicine.
Why is A.Kircher important?
Equally important, Kircher was compared to fellow Jesuit Roger Boscovich and Leonardo da Vinci for his enormous range of interests; honoured with the title “Master of a Hundred Arts”.
Kircher believed in a pre-Christian tradition of esoteric wisdom shared by different wise men of different pagan cultures. He places the Egyptian Hermes Trismegistus at it’s head.
He laboured for many years on the decipherable Egyptian hieroglyphs. In Oedipus Aegyptiacus (1652), he used the Bemnine tablet as a primary source for developing his hieroglyphics’ translations, known to be incorrect; this view depends on perspective.
In relation to my previous documentary where we learned that the mandrake might be the Ankh key. I have found his interpretation for the method of reading the hieroglyphs to be correct. Simply out of context, meaning Kircher was ahead of his time.
Kircher was a Polymath, and his interests were in natural magic and mysticism within the Scientific Revolution. However, here are connections between Kircher and 17th-century figures such as René Descartes, Gottfried Leibniz, and Isaac Newton.
He also illustrates later influences on Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, Madame Blavatsky, and Marcel Duchamp. “It was said that it would be idle to hold Kircher responsible for his inability to understand the nature of hieroglyphic writing, for which in his time nobody had the key. ”
Furthermore, nothing can explain the double-dealing of the research of Kircher better than the engraving which opens the Obeliscus Pamphilius; The hieroglyphic configurations had become a sort of machine; for the inducing of hallucinations which then could be interpreted in any possible way.
The Vision of the Wicked Ibis by A. Kircher
Only his sensitivity to the incredible and the monstrous can explain the dedication to Emperor Ferdinand III that opens the third volume of Oedipus:
“I unfold before your eyes, O Most Sacred Caesar, the polymorphous reign of Morpheus Hieroglyphics tell of a theatre which an immense variety of monsters are disposed and not the nude monsters of nature. Adorned by the enigmatic Chimeras of the most ancient of wisdom “
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