Tomi S. Melka

Tomi S. Melka

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A newly discovered artifact known as the "Sacred Amulet from Easter Island" ("EISA") displaying a limited number of rongorongolike signs is brought to the attention of rongorongo (RR) scholars and other interested readers. Unfor tunately, the names of the original Rapanui creator of the artifact, and its first European collector, have not come down...
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This article discusses from a semiotic perspective one important variable-anthropocentrism-present in various proposed messages intended to communicate with offworld intelligences. Our review of different scenarios re veals embedded flaws to various degrees. This should not be a reason for desist ing in the pursuit of SETIstyle (Search for Extrater...
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The study will focus on the quantitative assessment of nine stories, considered important contributions in the supernatural and in the early and modern science - fiction prose. Besides the two treatments of the topic of imaginary Flatland – penned by E. A. Abbott and C. H. Hinton –, the corpus includes writings by H. G. Wells, A. Blackwood, M. Lein...
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An analysis is conducted on an artifact that relates to the rongorongo tradition on Easter Island (Rapa Nui), a tradition first recorded in 1864 by the lay missionary Joseph-Eugène Eyraud. We here designate this engraved wooden tablet the “San Diego Tablet” (SDT), due to the old San Diego (California) estate where its provenance is traced. Physical...
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The article will focus on H. Beam Piper’s classical story Omnilingual (1957). This Piper-esque writing has entered the records of the science fiction prose for the ‘Martian’ periodic table of elements, being synonymous with a scientific ‘Rosetta-like stone’ in the decipherment area. The work, while having a search potential in text analysis and sty...
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Working out the Old Libyco-Berber (LB) writings found on the Canary Islands (CI) is a long and painstaking task. Scholars have struggled with their provenance, meaning(s), common and different features with North African cognates, scribal communities, and the assumed time-span. In this review-paper, laying theoretical guiding lines for the understa...
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In several of the extant rongorongo texts of Easter Island, mirrored and symmetric-like structures are attested. They have parallels which enjoy to a greater or lesser degree variation, possibly explained in terms of allography, scribal individuality and spelling habits, occasional mistakes, and economic use of the writing medium. Accordingly, with...
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In this article, complexity is defined as the combination of form, joining, and level of strokes. Two scripts, the (very) simple Celtic ogham along with the (very) complex rongorongo of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), are analyzed. Given the restricted number of ogham letters, they are all accounted for, while a large-scale scrutiny of rongorongo glyphs...
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As we examine an illustrated modern book, a number of phenomena featuring the interrelation of script-like and pictorial elements draw the attention. The inventive art of Timothy C. Ely strikes even an untrained eye with his great and fantastic explorations of real and out-of-this-world sceneries, largely saturated with cryptic symbols, atlas-relat...
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The paper addresses the question of “kinetic”-like attributes observed on a choice of glyphs in rongorongo tablet “Mamari” (lines 9–10, side b, text C). This tablet, a medium-sized rongorongo text, as near as I can tell, has been aptly referred to by researchers and commentators as containing mixed genres. “Mamari” also has a unique place in the co...
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Rongorongo script is characterized by a choice of scribal techniques, allowing for adjustments and paraphrasing within the analyzed texts. Variation, interchanging and permutation techniques, “harmonic”-like and “rhythmic” features, plus mirror-reflection sequences are common in the Easter Island’s script. They often hint at lax and diverse spellin...
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Codex Seraphinianus with its non-conventional “script” and the dazzling pictorial elements has charmed and keeps charming readers, reaching a cult status among them. Luigi Serafini had the idea to commit the legacy of an invented fantastic world to “writing” by searching pictorial and scribal possibilities. Examination of Seraphinian, the alleged s...
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In Harris and Melka (2011a), we identified a fragment of text on the “Mamari” tablet (Cb) which echoes a short section of a verbal list-like formula recorded by Englert (1948) concerning the kills made by warriors during battle. We highlighted the possible correlation between “frigate bird” /600/ and “fish” /700/ glyphs and their presence in delimi...
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Rongorongo, the undeciphered writing system of Rapanui (Easter Island) has received a lot of attention in the last 12 months with new studies tackling the “Mamari” (see Horley, 2009a; Melka, 2010a) and the “Keiti” tablets (see Horley, 2010; Wieczorek, 2011). The “Mamari” section is a potential “lunar series” (see Barthel, 1958a; Barthel, 1971, p. 1...
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One matter that has raised sufficient uncertainties among scholarsin the study of the Old Moche culture is a system that comprises patterned Lima beans. The marked beans, plus various associated effigies, appear painted by and large with a mixture of realism and symbolism on the surface of ceramic bottles and jugs, with many of them showing an unpa...
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This paper deals with the distributional analysis of a recurring pattern on the Easter Island artifact known as the 'Santiago Staff' ('SS' from now on). It has been claimed that the pattern known as “XıYZ,” arguably to be found in a repetitive fashion in a “recital of pairings,” conveys a model of procreation in line with the Old Rapanui sacral cha...
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The linear, calligraphic and syntactic observable attributes in rongorongo signs would point to the fact that they were not merely arranged ‘pretty pictures,’ rather than part of an organized system with an internal scriptural-like logic. Rongorongo as perceived and applied by the ancient Rapanui masters, not only testifies to their creative genius...
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One over-used technique in the rongorongo research has been the linguistic speculation in regard to its real meaning. This has produced, over the years, a variety of individual translations, some of them faulty, and some merely unverifiable. Since a structural analysis tends to offer a conservative, realistic view—more like raw data—the author has...

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