Books come in all shapes and sizes, just like its contents. Some are easy to read, some require more extensive thinking, and some are probably best left for bookish scholars.
Few, however, are so confusing that they have bamboozled every reader that set eyes on it.
Are they fake? No one can tell; however, the authors must have spent a whole lot of time and effort on nothing if they dedicated hundreds of pages for their pieces. Take a look and see for yourself.
Will you be the one to solve them?
1. Codex Seraphinianus by Luigi Serafini
If the title and cover of this encyclopedia hasn’t scared you enough already, the contents will be sure to throw you off guard. The environment, culture and even typography Serafini displays gives us an otherworldly, sometimes oddly human atmosphere to his text. From transforming people, strange plants, and things that can’t even be explained, this book will be sure to gather your curiosity!
2. Voynich manuscript
More than 500 years before the 1981 publication of Codex Seraphinianus was the Voynich manuscript. Apart from the carbon dating of the vellum (calf skin parchment), there is no certainty on the author or contents of the piece. Strange drawings and weird symbols are shown in large diagrams and are illustrated in the book. Many theories have been made about its language, but none have been confirmed. Some even say this may have inspired Serafini’s later Codex Seraphinianus.
3. Rohonc Codex
The only things we know about the Rohonc Codex is that it appeared in Hungary during the 19th century. Most people now believe it is fake even though there is no clear-cut evidence supporting this (and it must have been such an elaborate fake to write on for 448 pages). The codex seems to show a coexisting world of religions; illustrations of the cross, swastika, and sun. These simple pictures continue to confuse people to this day; what does it mean?
These 3 books are the most notable examples of readings no one has ever pieced together. Give it a try and tell us what you think!
Watch how Luigi Serafini tries to explain his own confusing Codex Seraphinianus. The answer isn’t too far off from your own. What do all the letters mean?
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