Monday, 1 May 2017

Bulgarian Sacred Script (Part 2)


      Rajko Sefterski, Bulgarian scientist who published the inscriptions on "Musical horn", believed that the script used to write it derived from Chinese characters . His argument was indirect: the testimony of Al Nadim in Fihrist. He never tried to compare Bulgarian glyphs with Chinese characters. This was done by Bulgarian cinologist, Gogova before even those inscriptions had been published. Unfortunately, only a short preview of her work was shown to public. One can ask himself, if is it possible a writing system similar to Chinese to be used unnoticed in Middle Ages Europe. On other hand,  Bulgarian signs look so different from Chinese. But are they really so different? Or they just underwent centuries long evolution. What about their ancient forms, Bronze vessel script and Oracle Bone script? First Bulgarian glyph that catches eyes, , looks exactly as Chinese hanzi   大 (dà- big). Also, an alograph of     found at Great Basilica at Pliska resemble very first form of  character 天 (tiān- sky,god). In fact, the very rare Glagolithic letter "ТЕ" have similar cross-like shape which synchronizes with the possible word for God in Bulgar language- "tengri".
Secondly, the glyph resemble character for 5 in Oracle bone script. Also, the Murfatlar letter   looks like Chinese character 王 (wáng- chief). It looks that search for more similarities between Bulgarian glyphs and Chinese characters will give more results.
       But BSS is not an isolated phenomenon among steppean writing systems. Orkhon script, an alphabet used to write Old Turkic, is also suspected to contain a group of signs that initially started as pictographs. uniform writing  that it is wort examining another writing system that have traces of pictography among its inventory of signs, Orkhon script. Danish philologist Vilhelm Thomsen, who deciphered Orkhon script in 1893  suspected that letters r2, l2, t1, n2, g1 and š are pictographs. Latter, A. von Gabain and G. Clauson added to this list b2, k4 and y1. Finally, A. Rona Tas summed up all possible pictographs in his paper “On the Development and Origin of The East Turkic “Runic” Script:”
Orkhon pictographs

    Some of those photographic signs look similar to gliphs of Bulgarian sacred script (BSS) : ,,, ,. The phonetic values of those characters are known, so together with Chinese characters they will be valuable source of understanding BSS. 


Glyphs 24L.gif and 08.gif
       
      Gliphs 24L.gif and 08.gifare presented in both "horn" inscriptions, where they are incised together or in close proximity.  Their forms are identical with symbols of the Sun and the Moon known from many different cultures. For example, the ancient forms of Chinese characters   (the Sun) и  yuè (the Moon) look very similar:

sun.GIF
Evolution of Chinese character rì

moon.GIF
Evolution of Chinese character yuè

Sign  is identical with so called "solar cross", a symbol of the Sun which was used in antiquity and middle ages.