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VMs: Link between Phaistos Disk & VMs...!?
Having recently had a look at the Phaistos Disk while in Crete, I bought
Thomas Balistier's "The Phaistos Disk - An Account of its Unsolved
Mystery". Not a bad little read: in VMs terms, it would be along the same
lines as D'Imperio, I guess. Anyway, on p.78 at the end of Chapter 7,
In closing, I would note that the attempts to interpret
the inscription as West Finnish or Old Estonian (Gleye
1912) or as Indian (Sankarananda) should be taken less
I suppose I was most struck by the reference to Arthur Wilhelm Gleye's
47-page "Kretische Studien. Die westfinnische Inschrift auf dem Diskus von
Phaestos". Tomsk, 1912. Though the BL does have a copy (07704.h.24), it'll
unfortunately probably be a little while before I get to see it for myself.
Incidentally, there's more about Arthur Gleye and other Fennomaniacs (most
notably Sigurd Wettenhovi-Aspa - as Private Eye used to say, "crazy name,
crazy guy") in Google's cache: the short version is that, somehow inspired
by (yet opposed to) Strindberg, a loosely-connected group tried (around
1910-1920) to demonstrate that all culture sprang ultimately from
Finno-Ugric - even the Phaistos Disk. Logically, if everything did, it
would too, wouldn't it?
BTW, the original article from which the above was taken (stolen?
appropriated? quoted?) is here:-
Though it's stretching the point to claim there's any kind of link with the
VMs here, I just like the symmetry between John Stojko's Old Ukrainian VMs
and Arthur Gleye's Old Estonian Phaistos Disk - and that's good enough for
me. :-) BTW, does anyone know what Gleye thought the PD said?
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
PS: I should perhaps admit that I keep accidentally reading Gleye's claim
as "Old Etonian" - what might an Old Etonian Phaistos Disk say? Perhaps...
"if you don't cap a popper, it's an automatic rip... helmet disk helmet
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