First encounter with the Voynich Manuscript

I first encountered the Voynich Manuscript on one of those websites for unexplained mysteries in with Bigfoot, and flying saucers. It had this wonderful, odd script and said no one could read it. so I sent it to my twin brother James C. Comegys, who is a linguist by training, and taunted him by saying “I’ll bet you can’t read this”. He emailed back and said “I bet I can, and I know who rote it–Francisco Hernandez”. that was Thursday July 16, 1998.

My brother still believes Francisco Hernandez wrote the Voynich Manuscript. I don’t, but it is probable that he brought it from Mexico to Spain, and there is evidence that it is among the missing parts of his work. I spent the next five years trying to prove James was right.

We presented a study at the 20th Annual Central California Research Symposium, April 16, 1999 at California State University together entitled The Congruence of Nahuatl Phonology and Vocabulary with Voynichese. My brother asked me if I wanted to be co-author and I agreed. What we disagreed on was the methodology for determining the sounds corresponding to the letters. My brother did this using linguistic principles. This method was too loose to be convincing to me.

We continued with our research. He wrote Keys for the Voynich Scholar: Necessary Clues for the Decipherment and Reading of the World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript Which is a Medical Text in Nahuatl Attributable to Francisco Hernandez and His Aztec Ticitl Collaborators in 2001. it is listed on Amazon, but is obsolete and unavailable today.

I spent the next five years trying to prove my brother’s basic idea, that the Voynich was early colonial Mexican, and written in Nahuatl-the Aztec language was correct. I couldn’t prove it. So I spent five years after that trying to prove him wrong. I couldn’t do that either.

For the last five years I have continued my studies and I have identified the missing alphabet, a number of MesoamericanĀ  artistic features and techniques and I have consulted scholars of Mesoamerica and Nahuatl.

More about them on the next blog.


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