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Universal Iconography in Writing Systems: Evidence and Explanation in the Easter Island and Indus Valley Scripts by [McDorman, Richard E.]
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  • File Size: 193 KB
  • Print Length: 17 pages
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  • Publisher: Richard E. McDorman (February 16, 2009)
  • Publication Date: February 16, 2009
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001T9O764
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The author intricately lays out the main points - 3 iconographic principles - that refute the similarities between the writing systems as being merely “accidental correspondence with no causal factors.” He sets the stage for the conclusion to the “WHY Question” - why the symbols created for recording common things frequently appear so pictorially similar in scripts constructed by culturally disparate and geographically distant people. He proposes the following: there are a finite number of symbolic forms that, based on these constraining principles, form an “icon set” from which the creators of a writing system (subconsciously) select in constructing a graphical system of symbolic representation. And it is through his detailed exploration of "the WHY" that we see the connections and the possibilities. As a novice in the subject matter, I found the essay to be engaging and a great read.
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This well-written essay gives a reasonable explanation for why there are a handful of similar symbols in the Easter Island rongorongo script, on the one hand, and the Indus Valley script, on the other. The author does not make the outrageous claim, as some others have, that a boatload of refugees from the Indus Valley must have traversed thousands of miles of open ocean to Easter Island to teach writing, never stopping to teach anybody in between. That would be absurd, not only because of the distance, but also because of the time lag. He does not claim the similarities are simply coincidence, either.

Instead, he proposes a universal icon set which all people tend to draw on when they begin to write. These icons are essentially pictures of things, also including basic geometric shapes. Superficially, then, all early scripts will have certain similarities. However, the meanings assigned to, say, a circle or an apparent asterisk, or three triangles, will differ from one society to another. This difference will be especially large where people are trying to communicate abstract ideas, as opposed to notions such as, say, "sheep," or "eye" or "man."

If I had any complaints, it would have to do with the Kindle's ability to reproduce the hieroglyphs. I think there were some inaccuracies in the table, for example, but these may all have been due to the Kindle being unable to faithfully reproduce little details of Old Seal Chinese, pre-cuneiform Sumerian, and so on. It's kind of hard to tell. Fascinating reading.
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If you draw a line through Giza then to the oasis of Siwa, you can the take it just under the Richat Structure where it will then precisely divide the prime meridian and Tropic of Cancer, continuing to follow the line you will end up in Nazca Peru directly over the Nazca lines and also passing Machu Picchu, Olantaytambo, Paratoari, and Cahuachi. If one continues to follow this line they will arrive directly over Easter Island. If one continues to follow this line further you will pass through the intersection of the antimeridian and the Tropic of Capricorn, it will then take you through the Angkor region of Cambodia and many South East Asian temple sites. When one continues to follow this line further it will take them directly through Mohenjo Daro. But wait there is more if one continues to follow the line even further they will be taken directly through the cities of Persepolis, Ur, and Petra and all the way back to where we started, the center of the world Giza.

To say there is no connection between the Indus Valley and Easter Island means you haven't looked hard enough. If you look into these facts you will find the truth.
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