2010年07月15日

Dee, Enochian, and the Voynich MS

Dee, Enochian, and the Voynich MS

posted by Jacques Guy

The only serious reference on Enochian, short of going back to Dee's diaries in the British Museum, is "The Complete Enochian Dictionary - A Dictionary of the Angelic Language as revealed to Dr John Dee and Edward Kelley" by Donald Clarence Laycock, London: Askin Publishers, 1978. Rather, the only serious reference I knew of until today (11 Dec 91), when I read about Whitby's 1988 "John Dee's Actions With Spirits".

Don Laycock's book contains the complete corpus of all Enochian texts, with interlinear translations from Dee's diaries, an Enochian-English and English-Enochian dictionary, with a pronunciation key, and the story of how Enochian came about. What it does not contain is Don Laycock's personal opinion: Enochian is a fabrication by Kelley, who was a con-artist a la Uri Geller; the phonology of Enochian is nothing but that of Elizabethan English of the period; the vocabulary is amish-mash of distorted Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and names of spirits and demons, all of which Kelley was likely to have picked up rummaging through Dee's copious library; the grammar makes no sense, and is proof that the language is a fabrication.

How do I know? Don Laycock and I were in the same department of the Australian National University for 15 years, three or four doors apart, belonged to the same poker school, and talked extensively about strange languages, including that of the Voynich manuscript. In his "Complete Enochian Dictionary" Don is careful to keep neutral on the matter of the authenticity of Enochian for this understandable reason that Askin is a publisher of occult books, and his readers would not have been amused at reading Don's true opionions.

One interesting point: Don was convinced that Dee had owned the Voynich manuscript, and it was Kelley who had stolen it and sold it to Rudolph of Bohemia. His reasons to believe so were that Dee has been in Prague with Kelley in tow at times compatible with the first mention of the Voynich manuscript, and one remark in Dee's diary, after his return to England, to this effect: "How strange, I cannot find my book of Soyga".

On this (to me) slim evidence Don thought that Dee's "Book of Soyga" was in fact the Voynich manuscript, and that Kelley had swiped it.

ヴォイニッチ手稿の所有者として、常にジョン・ディーが出てきますが、その根拠がジョン・ディーが持っていた暗号本で、それを皇帝ルドルフ2世に売り払ったという説があります。
もはや誰も証明できないのですが、エノク語は英語と構造が似ていて、暗号ではないし、それとヴォイニッチの暗号は全く似ていません。ケリーがねつ造したとして、どのような手法を使えばヴォイニッチの単語の出現頻度分布を再現できるかなど調べてみたいですね。ちなみに『The Complete Enochian Dictionary』私も持ってます。
posted by ぶらたん at 22:54| Comment(0) | John Dee
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