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VMs: Link between Phaistos Disk & VMs...!?

Hi everyone,

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, Balistier remarks:

        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 disk (etc)"?

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