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The Alphabet & the Origins of Writing


My new print & ebook
shows that modern alphabets are based on ancient alphabets rooted in syllabic scripts of the ancient world (Sumer, Egypt, Iran, Anatolia, Crete, Cyprus)






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COLOR WORDS

My interest
in the Color Words of the ancients

derived from what I regard to be
a misconception
of the Sumerologists
that the Sumerians
were called "black-headed"
as a sign of distinction
as immigrants into a region of the world
where everyone else

was ALREADY black-headed.


Some linguist had erred.

We can demonstrate
on the basis of the Indo-European roots
for the word COLOR,
that there was a basic word
for ALL the colors in general, i.e. COLOR,
which was then adapted to different colors by different cultures,
e.g. Latvian KRĀSAINS "colored"
is like Sanskrit KRSNA "black, dark",
Russian KRASNYJ "the color red"
and Old Church Slavic KRASINU,
Latvian KRĀ
SNS  "beautiful".

In my opinion, the description of the hair of the Sumerians is much more likely to have meant "blonde, red-haired, brunette, viz. colored hair",
i.e. in CONTRA-DISTINCTION to the black hair of the native inhabitants of the more southerly regions - As Shakespeare wrote, "the sun-burned races" - this is not a racial slur on my part, it just means that pigmentation increases with increasing exposure to solar radiation, which is why the hair of humans is darker South - it is a normal adaptation we also find in other life forms as well. I myself "tan" quite dark in the Sun, do you? Nothing special about it.

The KR- root is found in English CL- (CoLor), i.e. the conversion R//L
but the KR- forms have already lost the interceding vowel.

We find the basic root in Latvian *ZIL-, *ZAL- and *ZEL i.e. ZL-

ZIL- "blue" in Latvian,
also the word for "pupil" of the eye
and the blue-grey "forest"
ZAL- "green" in Latvian, also the word for grass
ZEL- "gold, yellow-colored" in Latvian
DZEL- "yellow" in Latvian
ZILumas - "grey" in Lithuanian

AZUL- AZUR- "blue" in many languages
ZELenyj "green" in Russian
ZELtyj "yellow" in Russian
ZAIRita "yellow" in Avestan
CAERULeus "blue" in Latin
SAR- "red" in Latvian
SORt "black" in Danish
SVARt "black in Swedish
KR- "color" in Latvian
GRey in English
KELainos"black, dark color"

Greek and in Old Hindic KALA "black"
GALanos "blue" in Greek

but in Lithuanian GELtonas "yellow"
XILos - "grass", XL- "green"

CHR- as in CHRoma "color" in Greek

It is quite clear from the above examples that many of these terms derive from a single "color" root-word which was then adapted in various only slightly dissimilated forms to distinguish the varies shades of "color" in the "color-system".

The great German thinker Goethe wrote in his Color Theory
about the color-perception of the ancients:

"Their denominations of colours are not permanently and precisely defined, but mutable and fluctuating....Their yellow, on the one hand, inclines to red, on the other to blue; the blue is sometimes green, sometimes red; the red is at one time yellow, at another blue.... If we take a glance at the copiousness of the Greek and Roman terms, we shall perceive how mutable the words were, and how easily each was adapted to almost every point in the colorific circle."

Note also that the white-black-grey (brown) system of black and white color has a different root. The Root BL- viz BR-

PELEKS "grey" in Latvian
duBLI "mud" in Latvian

whence Old Irish DUB "black" (DUB- Sumerian "tablet")
BLACK in English
BLUE in English
BLONDE in English and

BALINATS "white, bleached" in Latvian
BRown in English

The entire issue of colors is significant to our appreciation of the age and origin of any ancient culture.
 







 

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