Friday, October 14, 2016

Mani Stones

Mogaoku - Mani stone in many languages. These languages all say "OM MANI PADME HUM". The far left vertical characters are in Uighur. "This monument was erected during the Yuan dynasty, in the 8th year of the Zhizheng period [1348], by Sulaiman 速來蠻, who was the Prince of Xining 西寧王 from 1329 to his death in 1351. The inscription includes the six-syllable mantra written in six different scripts (is the number of scripts chosen a coincidence? — probably not; the same six scripts are also found on the 1342 Cloud Platform at Juyongguan) :" •Lantsa (梵文) [1st row] oṃ ma ṇi pa dme hūṃ •Tibetan [2nd row] : oṃ ma ṇi pad me hūṃ ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པད་མེ་ཧཱུྃ •Uighur (回鹘文) [far left] : oom mani badmi xung •'Phags-pa (八思巴文) [left] : ’om ma ni pad me hung ꡝꡡꡏ ꡏ ꡋꡞ ꡌꡊ ꡏꡠ ꡜꡟꡃ •Tangut (西夏文) [right] : ·a mja nji pja mjij xo •Chinese [far right] : ǎn má ní bā mí hōng 唵嘛呢叭𠺗吽 A double-looped calendar, a format used on the Michigan slates as a calendar using two circles one above the other. A Hebrew magic square for Jupiter. Creating a magic square in Germany.

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