Unsolved Code and/or the Mysterious Writing of the Devil?
In the preface of the book, The Devil in Britain and America (1896) by John Ashton, there is shown a copy of the assumedly only known example of the Devil’s Writing. Ashton explains that during his research for his book about the Devil, he came across this mysterious message included in an earlier book from 1532. That book was written by Teseo Ambrogio Degli Albonesi.
Albonesi lived from 1469-1540 and studied ancient languages with a keen interest in the Christian Kabbalah. It is within his book, Introduction to Chaldean, Syriac, and Armenian (Introductio ad Chaldaicm linguam, Syriacam, atque Armenicam, et decem alias linguas), in the Appendix section dealing with unusual alphabets and languages, that this lone specimen of the Devil’s Writing appears. What the Devil wrote, however, remains an enigma.
According to these two book accounts, the Devil was conjured by a gentleman named Ludovico Spoletano and told to write an answer to a question. After such it is said, “some invisible power took the pen, which seemed suspended in the air, and rapidly wrote….” Albonesi was given this Devil’s Writing, while discussing languages with his friend Postel. He carefully reproduced it and included it then in his book written in Pavia, Italy (shown above (in Latin).
Ashton includes in his commentary that some experts believe a trace of Amharic is found within the characters of the message. He goes on to say, “Amharic is a language spoken in its purity in the province of Amhara (Ethiopia), and which, according to a legend, was the primeval language spoken in Eden.”
Interestingly, when looking at the script, what is noticed most are the pitchfork like characters; both long and short forms. Reading more into Ashton’s book, we discover the Devil’s accessory of a trident (3-pronged instrument) was a common classical and artistic addition when illustrating the Devil during the Medieval age.
The trident (or bident) is often associated with the Lightning Bolt, which in past times was known as a way for the powerful god-like beings to communicate to those on Earth. For this reason, I find it curious then that trident seems to be used in the Devil’s Writing. It makes me wonder if ‘whoever’ wrote it, either as a code or primary language, was expecting someone to decipher and understand it using such as a clue for decipherment.
Will the message ever be discovered or will the message forever go unknown? Can someone break the code of the Devil’s Writing and reveal his answer after almost 500 years? Time will tell.
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