My name is Robert Brantley. I have been subcribing for several months now, without posting - I haven't had anything that I thought would add to the discussion. I first read about the VMS in an article in an astronomy magazine ( I forget which one) several years ago. I am a Computer Scientist by trade, but have interests in a wide variety of topics.
Last week I was at the C. R. Smith Aviation Museum in Arlington TX with my youngest son and wife. One of the display cases was labeled 'Blood Chits'. I had never heard of a blood chit before so this caught my attention. As I got close enough to the case to the see the writing on one of the documents in the display, I was stunned. When I first saw it, I thought it was voynich script. Close up, I could see that it wasn't, ofcourse, but the scripts did bare a striking resemblence to the VMS script.
For those of you that don't know, Blood Chits are documents issued to military pilots in case they are shot down. They are usually written in several languages common to the area where the pilot is flying. Basically they just state that anyone helping the pilot return safely to his base will be rewarded.
This particular blood chit was written in Burhmese and Tamilese and several other languages (Tagalese was another, if memory doesn't fail me). It was carried by an American pilot during WWII. The Burhmese script in this document resembled Voynich script more than any other writing I have ever seen. Since then I have looked at samples of Burhmese script on the web, but haven't found any examples that look that similar to what I saw in the C. R. Smith museum.
After looking at the VMS for several years I was pretty much convinced that a lot of the 'words' represented number (or cabalist computations) due to the high frequency of repeated phrases and similar 'words' that vary just by a single character. But now I think there might be another possibility. Perhaps this tendency to self similar repition in the 'words' is due to the script being syllabic alphabetic?
I am definitely not a linguist, I have plenty of trouble with just English ;) But the script seems to me to be at least influenced by Brahmi decended ways of writing. Perhaps the language is of the Indo-Iranian family.
It seems pretty obvious that the VMS is of European origins, the illustrations are definitely in a 'Western' style. So who would write a book in Western Europe in the 15th or 16th century in an Indo-Iranian language with a Brahmi decended script?
The only group I can think of is the Romany.
Just my two cents worth.