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THE VOYNICH MANUSCRIPT: FIRST BOOK OF THE AMERICAS - Q & A



You said the tapir was used to make the vials for mixing the herbs. What animal was used to make the parchment on which the Voynich manuscript was written?

Similarly to how the tapir was depicted at the end of the section on herbal medicine, the animal used for parchment can be found on the last page of the manuscript. This is it:

Voynich Manuscript drawing of a marsh deer allegedly used for parchment

It’s a marsh deer, distinguishable by virtue of the black coloring of the lower legs. They inhabited Venezuela during medieval times and today they are still extant further south.

I suspect the gals may have sold their herbal medicines to the indigenous peoples in exchange for hides, but it also looks like they were not shy about skinning animals themselves:

Voynich Manuscript drawing of the hide of a spotted jaguar

I’m guessing, but I think she is holding the hide of a spotted jaguar, and her right is raised as a sign of triumph over the predator animal.

The process of making parchment was complex, so one of the Cathars who crossed the Atlantic had to have had that knowledge.

It also requires elements like lime and chalk, often hard to find in the Amazon region, but apparently available on the Caribbean cost of Venezuela (not far from the Morichal swamps) where there are large sea-shell deposits.

You say they depicted the marsh deer to indicate that this was the animal used for parchment. Do they also depict the manuscript's authors.

Yes, of course. This is the proud author here:

Alleged female author of the Voynich Manuscript

She is depicted directly below the deer and is the last thing we see in the Voynich manuscript.

Why are all the women naked?

That’s a silly question. In the rainforest we still see people running around naked today. With high heat, high humidity and frequent rainfall, clothing can be more of an annoyance than a necessity.

Indeed, the fact that these gals are naked is one of the strongest reasons for believing that the Voynich manuscript was compiled in a rainforest and not in Europe. As far as I know, there were no nudist camps in medieval Europe.

But at night, the temperature in the tropics can drop considerably and it can feel even colder due to all the dampness.

Voynich Manuscript drawing of a rainforest female wrapped in a blanket while sleeping in her tree hut

Here we see one of the gals wrapped in a blanket, peacefully asleep in her tree hut under the stars.

With such strong evidence for the tropics, why do scholars think the Voynich manuscript was written in northern Italy which is hardly tropical?

Let's have another look at the Montségur depiction:

Voynich Manuscript depiction of a fortress suspected to be Montségur

Note those frontal defenses known as M-shaped merlons. Such merlons have been found on some castles in northern Italy. I checked them out myself: only two of them predate the fall of Montségur in 1244, but it seems those castles were rebuilt several times over. In brief, so far I have found no proof that any Italian M-shaped merlon predates the fall of Montségur.

The Cathars lived in southern France and in northern Italy. Catharism in France came to an end in the 13th century but continued to live on in northern Italy until the early 14th century. I suspect that the Italian Cathars introduced the M-shaped merlons into Italy in remembrance of those who died at Montségur.

In any case, please note that Montségur also has a coned-shaped tower, which copies the tower design of the Carcassonne fortress, another place where the Cathars lived and those medieval cones can still be seen today:

The fortress of Carcassonne, France

As you can see, the cones are of French design, not Italian. Most of all, whereas Montségur was wholly destroyed, taken down stone by stone, the Italian castles generally survived and, beyond the merlons here and there, none of them look like the Voynich drawing.

Why did the Cathars decide to go to Venezuela and not somewhere else?

I don’t think they planned to go anywhere special. I think they headed south, reaching east of Africa where they got picked up by the north equatorial current, which carried them to Venezuela.

They may have planned to die at sea, in peace, praying, and then woke up one day to see land.

Have you identified any of the Voynich plants other than the green blob that you showed us?

I have found several candidates, but many plant species have similar looking leaves, similar looking red berries or whatever, and not being a botanist I do not want to stick my neck out with claims in this regard. I am, however, confident about the green blob as it has no branches or leaves that can confuse the issue.

Voynich Manuscript drawing of a sunflower

It has been pointed out that the Voynich depicts sunflowers which are native to the Americas and were unknown in Europe until Columbus brought them back.

I've heard that botanists have associated some of the plants with plants found in Central America but I do not know if they also checked out Venezuela.

In any case, I believe that most of the plants depicted in the manuscript are now extinct. In a rainforest environment, plant species can appear and disappear every year. It's a miracle that our underwater blob managed to survive across all those centuries.

To be continued.





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