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You've heard of the fictional Necronomicon.
But did you know that FIVE MYSTIC TOMES actually exist?
The Voynich Manuscript
This is the granddaddy of them all.
Nicknamed “the most mysterious manuscript”
this collection of nearly 250 pages of ciphered writing
has been capturing people’s imaginations for 500 years!
The text is written in an unknown alphabet that (at least superficially) seems to follow the patterns of a real language.
The book seems to have passed through the hands of alchemists, botanists, nobles, and priests
before ending up in the rare books collection of Yale University, where it lives today.
The Rohonc Codex
This text from Hungary dates back at least 200 years and perhaps as much as 500.
Like the Voynich Manuscript,
the text is written in an unknown alphabet which is stubbornly resistant to translation.
There is even quite a bit of debate about what direction the words and pages should be read.
The Devil's Book
The book is real
because the Roman Catholic Church officially claims ownership of it, but has never let the public glimpse it.
It is fact that it was discovered in Jerusalem in 1750, in the tomb of Solomon, written in either Biblical Hebrew or Aramaic.
The manuscript has not been dated to an earlier time than this,
or else the Church has not said, but the book itself is inscribed with the date of 1522 AD.
Theorists claims it was copied in that year from a manuscript written in the 1200s AD or earlier.
The Book of Soyga
It is a 16th century tome of magic that once belonged to John Dee,
probably European history’s most famous magician.
Have no fear, the book does have a section of ciphers,
but they are only one part of the Latin-langage text
that covers such metal subjects as spells, angels, and demonology.
The Oera Linda Book
This is the youngest of the texts discussed here (only about 150 years old),
but it claims to be a record of much older events dating back nearly four thousand years and including wisdom from mythical Atlantis.
Written in Old Frisian (an early Germanic dialect),
it was recognized as bat-merde crazy from pretty much the first time anyone translated it,
but you better believe that didn’t stop the Nazis from trying to make something of it.
The book (which has a good crop of generally nationalist and specifically pro-German components to it)
even earned the nickname “Himmler’s Bible” for a time,
because of its important role in some forms of Nazi occultism.