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Etymology of the Genesis Legend

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Creation legends describe the separation process of heaven and earth, day and night, man and woman. In this creation process language supports the creation process by introducing antipodes. Does language repeat the creation process and symbolize the separations with linguistic tools? The creation process has been based on the dot-letter Yud (in Greek: the iota), from which all other alphabetic letters and the composed words had been synthesized. Even the teachers, such as Joseph Heinrich begin their reading lessons with the smallest letter, the vowel “i” and teach reading and writing at the lower case cursive letters1: i, n, m, u, e, ei, eu. Teaching children to learn reading from the smallest letter “i” refers to a symbolic root. The letters of a medieval German cursive scripture had been based on a common master letter (the dotted letter “i”), in which markers had been designed to identify which letter had to be recognized. These markers may easily be identified as the dot over the “i”, a Breve-cup over the “u” and the Undertie underneath the „ei“- respectively „eu“-combinations. In symbolism only the long vowels may be considered important, probably for their impressive representation of eternity. Usually the long vowels or tones are characterized by ē, ō, ā, ī and ū. Now I asked myself in how far the umlauts ä, ö, ü and the ligatures such as æ, œ also should be considered long and/or symbolic. After all they had been added to the Nordic versions of the Roman alphabet for good reasons – probably to compensate the losses by unrepresented runes. In middle high German the vowels have been categorized as follows: short vowels: a, ë, e, i, o, u, ä, ö, ü long vowel: â, ê, î, ô, û, æ, œ, iu (long ü) Diphthongs: ei, ie, ou, öu, uo, üe The letters ä, ö, ü therefore are to be considered short and æ, œ, iu long vowels. Especially the ligature vowel æ plays an important role in Scandinavian languages, which in more southern areas has been overtaken by the letter “i”. In æ (The Creation Legend encoded in a Singular Vowel and other reports such as Æ for Æternity I had studied the symbolism of æ, which in English and Scandinavian dialects represented eternity, law, tradition, marriage, and the ego-pronoun “I” for some dialects. I already had suggested to consider the equivalence of the English ego-pronoun “I” and the æ, which is a universal philosophical root in Nordic areas – completely equivalent to the southern “i”. In fact for the philosophers and etymologists “i” and “æ” are to be seen as equivalent twins, ranging in their validity from the middle East (“i”) to Norway (“æ”).
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  Etymology of the Genesis Legend  jwr47  Introduction Creation legends describe the separation process of heaven and earth, day and night, man andwoman. In this creation process language supports the creation process by introducing antipodes. Does language repeat the creation process and symbolize the separations with linguistic tools!he creation process has been based on the dot letter #ud $in %ree&' the iota(, from which all other alphabetic letters and the composed words had been synthesized. )ven the teachers, such as *oseph +einrich begin their reading lessons with the smallest letter, thevowel i- and teach reading and writing at the lower case cursive letters  '  i, n, m, u, e, ei, eu.  !eaching children to learn reading from the smallest letter i- refers to a symbolic root. !he lettersof a medieval %erman cursive scripture had been based on a common master letter $the dotted letter i-(, in which mar&ers had been designed to identify which letter had to be recognized. !hesemar&ers may easily be identified as the dot over the i- / , a 0reve cup over the u- and the 1ndertie underneath the 2ei respectively 2eu combinations. 3 *osef +einrichs 5chreib 6ese ibel $874(/In )nglish *ot also refers to the 2dot. In the *ewish mystical tradition, #od represents a mere dot, a divine point of  energy. $#od   (3%enesis 5tarting as the 9owel :ord    Fig. 1: Etymology of the Genesis Legend (Painting by J.W. Richter, dated !1 #  In symbolism only the long vowels may be considered important, probably for their impressiverepresentation of eternity. 1sually the long vowels or tones are characterized by ;, <, =, > and ?.  @ow I as&ed myself in how far the umlauts A , B ,  and the ligatures such as æ, œ also should beconsidered long andor symbolic. Efter all they had been added to the @ordic versions of the Fomanalphabet for good reasons G probably to compensate the losses by unrepresented runes. In middle high %erman the vowels have been categorized as follows'short vowels' a, ë, e, i, o, u, ä, ö, ü  long vowel' â, ê, î, ô, , æ, œ, iu  $long $ ( Diphthongs' ei, ie, ou, öu, uo, üe  !he letters ä, ö, ü  therefore are to be considered short and æ, œ, iu  long vowels. )specially theligature vowel æ  plays an important role in 5candinavian languages, which in more southern areashas been overta&en by the letter  i -. In H $!he Creation 6egend encoded in a 5ingular 9owel and other reports such as   for ternity I had studied the symbolism of æ , which in )nglish and5candinavian dialects represented eternity, law, tradition, marriage, and the ego pronoun I- for some dialects. I already had suggested to consider the eJuivalence of the )nglish ego pronoun I-and the æ , which is a universal philosophical root in @ordic areas G completely eJuivalent to thesouthern i-. In fact for the philosophers and etymologists  i - and  æ - are to be seen as eJuivalenttwins, ranging in their validity from the middle )ast $ i -( to @orway $ æ -(. In !he )tymological ieldlines I already had defined the strange transit area between 5candinavia $ æ - territory( and the Elps $ i - territory(, in which the  æ - and  i - based ego pronouns formed borderlines which had been shaped li&e electrostatic fields G very strange indeed, but in retrospect itcould be understood. !he initial letter for 0ibles is G eKcept for the 6uther 0ible, which obviously ignores the traditionalI- a column shaped decoration area, which usually stretches over the complete page length,representing the first 0iblical utterance In the beginning...- or in 6atin In Lrincipio...-.!he initial therefore simultaneously represents the physical and the vocal $E@D documented,written( creation process, in which two antipodal words symbolized the initial division' the male   s&y and the female earth. 1nfortunately in modern )nglish we cannot chec& the gender of these words, because )nglish had lost the male, female and neuter characterization of the words. In order to illustrate my analysis I used red to mar& the male, blue to mar& the female and magenta to mar& the neuter words.5till in the 6ilienfeld 0ible we may identify the antipodes by the intermingling red M blue coloredletters In Lrincipio, which had been common to most medieval illuminated scriptures. In the :enzels bible, which had been providing a %erman translation well before 6uther, a special %erman formula   %n anegenge - had been chosen $instead of 6uthers Em Enfang...-( to allow the0ible to start with the same initial I- as 6atin In Lrincipio- of the traditional 9ulgata 0ible. !he importance of the initials now completed the additional structure of %enesis, which had been based on a series of divisions. !he  i - had been the first basic element, which might have to be splitup in a dot and a vertical line.I compared this division with splitting up  æ - in the two vowels  a - and  e -' Es& M )mbla.Naybe the neKt divisions might illustrate what had been imagined for the first seven days, whichended up in creating a first human being, to be split up in a man and a woman... )Kcept for the division in a man and a woman the )nglish language did not provide us with gender  information and I had to study these mechanisms in my native Dutch and chec&ed it in %erman.  In the 0oo& %enesis the neKt series of antipodes seemed to be day M night $dach  nacht(, the sea M earth $ zee  aerde ( and man M woman $ man G wijf (, and the sun M moon $zon G maan(. Edditionally I noted the %ospel of *ohn also started with In the beginning-, but then proceeded with the :ord-, which might have been related to the same root #od- $representing' %od( 4 '   In the beginning was the :ord, and the :ord was with %od, and the :ord was %od. /  !he same was in the beginning with %od. 3  Ell things were made by himO and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4  In him was lifeO and the life was the light of men.Pbviously the %ospel of *ohn suggested to consider the Creation 6egend as a Creation in :ordings. :e also may find the dot letter #od as an initial letter for the !etragrammaton #+9+ $  י ( and asthe dotted- core for divine power Q  Inspired by the Creation in :ordings, which even may have been written down within a wee& Icreated the painting titled  Etymology of the Genesis Legend  , which as a bac&ground used thereading and writing lessons for elementary schools in Eustria 874 R . I chose this sample for itssimilarity between the initial i- and the following letters to be learned. In fact the late medieval&urrent alphabet 7  produces a very complicated structure, which hardly can be read, but is Juiteuseful to symbolize a creation from a root letter i-.In readability Surrent is Juite similar to 0lac&letter !eKtualis in which some the minim letters such as i, u, m,  and n  virtually are indistinguishable-. !hey seem to be created from a common root $asingle vertical stro&e, just li&e an un dotted i-('minims, especially in the later period of the script, do not connect with each other. !hisma&es it very difficult to distinguish i, u, m, and n. E 4th century eKample of thedifficulty minims produced is, mimi n&min&m ni&i&m minimi m&ni&m nimi&m &inim&nimin&m immin&i &i&i minim&m &ol&nt   $Tthe smallest mimes of the gods of snow donot wish at all in their life that the great duty of the defences of the wine bediminishedT(. In blac& letter this would loo& li&e a series of single stro&es. Dotted i andthe letter j developed because of this. Ninims may also have finials of their own. amous %erman philosopher wrote Surrent, for instance Immanuel Sant as illustrated in :hat is )nlightenment Sant, %oethe, 5chiller, Nozart, 0eethoven, @ietzsche, reud, )insteinO they allwrote in Surrent. Pther samples include the inal paragraph of a %erman contract from 7QU signed by %eorge II of )ngland. It contains a miKture of Surrent and 6atin font scripts. Surrent had been designed to allow fast writing $current- V running-(, which had been allowed by using a sharp hoo&- structure as a basic graphic element. !his basic hoo& also had been appliedfor the letter i-, which is a rather freJuent vowel, and in a somewhat more complicated form for the most freJuent %erman letter e-. Enyway in retrospect I consider the Surrent cursivehandwriting as a Juic& method of writing, which also may have been designed for a hierarchicalletter structure, based on a common sharp hoo&- structure, which resulted in the letter i- bymerely completing it with a dot. !he dot however G which is &nown from +ebrew is eJuivalent tothe #od $!he 6etter #od +ebrew for Christians(. 4 Chapter  0ible $Sing *ames(*ohn Q!he 6etter #od +ebrew for ChristiansR*osef +einrichs 5chreib 6ese ibel 7also &nown as  '&rrentschrift   or  lte )e&tsche *chrift   $Told %erman scriptT(  Pf course the design may have been chosen accidentally. Combining this medieval design with+ebrew philosophy there may be some traces of ancient religious concept. Minims 8  In  palaeography, a minim is a short, vertical stro&e used in handwriting. !he word is derived from the 6atin  minim&m , meaning TleastT or TsmallestT.E minim is the basic stro&e for the letters i, m, n, and u in uncial script and later scripts derivingfrom it. Larts of other letters are based on minims as well' when a minim is eKtended above the line,it becomes an  ascender  , as in the letters d and b, and when it is eKtended below the line, it becomesa descender  , as in the letters p and J. It is a  stem  when it forms only part of a letter, such as r. The Kurrent-handwriting  Surrent is an old form of %erman language handwriting based on late medieval cursivewriting, also &nown as  '&rrentschrift   or  lte )e&tsche *chrift   $Told %erman scriptT(.Pver the history of its use into the first part of the /Uth century, many individual lettersacJuired variant forms.5tterlin is a modern script based on  '&rrentschrift   that is characterized by simplifiedletters and vertical stro&es. It was developed in W and taught in %erman schools as primary script from W3Q until W4. !hen G in the middle of ::/ it was replacedwith Tnormal %erman fontT, which is sometimes referred to $correctly but confusingly(as T6atin fontT W . *ust li&e in +ebrew U  the Surrent handwriting seemed to have based on the smallest letter, the Ii root, which especially may be identified in the vowels ), I, 1 and some consonants such as N and @. Pbviously the Surrent handwriting had been based on the minims. I arranged some of the minim based letters of the Surrent alphabet in hierarchical order. In theupper left corner the root symbol i- ma develop to c- or j- and eKpand further to the morecomplicated z-, d- and s-.!he double minims, consisting of two stro&es, resulted in e- and n- and u- $with a  breve cupabove the letters body(. !his process may be eKtended. 0ased on the vertical stro&e $the minim( wemay just create a set of more or less complicated letters. !his had been named creation in lettersand words-. !he starting symbol i- had been provided with a dot, which made it more compleK, but G withrespect to the dot srcin of *ewish philosophy G also mar&ed the root for the alphabet.!he root was the starting point and had to be placed at the beginning of the creation document-,resulting in the initial line In Lrincipio...- In the 0eginning...-. !hats why the initial of thedocument had to be an I- or to be more precise a dotted version of the minim' i-.End this probably also may have resulted in the choice for the )nglish ego pronoun, which of course was to be provided with some philosophical foundation. Es the most important of all words$in the 5wadesh word lists( in all languages the ego pronoun I- occupies the first position. It is thei- which rules the world $the is' for each of us individually of course...(.  8minimWSurrentU#od
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