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Re: an ain aiin as numbers...?
The idea that the VM might contain Roman numerals suggests some approaches for
trying to find them based on these properties:
- there is a limited set of symbols (I, V, X, L, C, D. M)
- the VM symbols that represent them should occur together frequently, not
separated by other symbols
- some would be repeated but others not ( ..XXX.. is legal but not ..VVV.. )
- some combinations are permitted in one order but not the other
( ..CV.. is legal but not ..VC.. )
All true! Constraints are good - they set us free from the paralysis of
Though given that we're still unsure about the underlying alphabet as well
as word boundaries, we have to be fairly careful about how we proceed. :-/
Quick observation: "8" visually hides an "X" within its shape, so "dain"
could well be "12".
Interestingly: there are about 24 "dd" (which would be "XX") within the
text (depending on which particular transcription you use), several more
than I expected. These are:-
ddsschx (looks a bit of a misfit)
Also interestingly, there is only one occurrence of "yy" in the same
transcription, and that occurs right at the end of a page, so is quite
possibly just noise:
I'm guessing that "d" might code for "X", and possibly "y" for "V"/"U"...
though the rest I'm far more shaky on. "dy" might then be "XV" (ie, 15),
which - if the underlying astrology is based (as we suspect) on 30-degree
divisions of signs - could well be a relevant number.
Also: "y" tends to be written either like a "9" (with a closed loop) or
like a weak Greek eta character (with an open loop). Many of these - when
examined closely - appear to be an upside-down "u" or "v" with a tail added
as an additional light stroke. Perhaps this is another example of a VMS
letter hiding its true shape within itself?
On the other hand, neither "yan" nor "yain" appears in the VMS: but "yaiin"
appears 9 times:-
yaiin (six times)
Finally: "dan" occurs 26 times, "dain" 160 times, and "daiin" 1412 times
(all counted using a text-search, not a word-search): though the chances of
a free-standing "daiin" (the magical number 13?) being a special code are
fairly high. :-)
Intriguingly, "ydain" occurs 6 times and "ydaiin" occurs 27 times: so there
may be some numeric obfuscation going on here. :-/
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....