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03/07/2020 6:12 am  

Oh my Nuit how I love thee! bending down thy lambent flame of blue,

Oh my Nuit how I love thee! your secret kisses and bosom thy caress, 

Thou art My Lover: I see Thee as a nymph with her white limbs stretched by the spring

She lies upon the moss; there is none other but she

Art Thou not Babalon?


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03/07/2020 7:59 am  
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Chris, thank you for showing your drawing. It was very androgynous.

Smartly & adroitly done that man - considering that this was (meant to be) a rendition of the star goddess ("the beauteous one"), this can only be taken as a back-handed compliment!

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03/07/2020 9:12 am  
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Some sort of Firefox quirk i suspect

I'm using Chrome on Windows 10 and get the same thing, so I'm guessing its because of some update to the forum software.

 

Posted by: @christibrany

'what bout my picture then?!' 

Could you develop it a bit more maybe with paint?

 

Posted by: @shiva

I believe this thread, and this project, is an exercise in the refinement of linear art

Yes partly though any discussion on the Stele is appreciated. If the Stele is so important I want to identify all its elements and bring them here for the attention of anyone who may be interested in this sort of thing. Do "perfume cones" or small leopard heads have any significance to Thelemites or anyone else today or are they just archaic curiosities?

 


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03/07/2020 10:08 am  

The HGA of a Duck: "Do "perfume cones" or small leopard heads have any significance to Thelemites or anyone else today or are they just archaic curiosities?"

LOL! Perfume is mentioned repeatedly in AC's BOTL, both with respect to Nuit & RHK.

 


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03/07/2020 6:06 pm  

@wellreadwellbred

Yes, perfume and incense is mentioned in Liber AL but I'm specifically talking about the type of cone Ankh f.n. K. appears to be wearing on his head.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_cone

 

I originally assumed he was just wearing a funny hat but after doing a bit of research it seems likely it is one of these "perfume cones".  I'm just trying to understand if any of these quirky details in the Stele of Revealing could have any importance today. How many people have even heard of a "perfume cone" or even care what it is? Should we start making these cones and wearing them on our heads? 😊 


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03/07/2020 6:21 pm  
Posted by: @duck

Should we start making these cones and wearing them on our heads?

According to Liber Oz, each of us has the opportunity to walk around Walmart with burning incense on our heads.

 


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03/07/2020 6:58 pm  
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Should we start making these cones and wearing them on our heads?

I will do so only if it is in the stylish "cock and balls" shape, as sported by A-f-n-K. I will not wear it to Walmart, except maybe sometimes.


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03/07/2020 7:05 pm  
Posted by: @duck

I'm just trying to understand if any of these quirky details in the Stele of Revealing could have any importance today. How many people have even heard of a "perfume cone" or even care what it is? Should we start making these cones and wearing them on our heads? 😊 

It isn't known for certain that they were all indeed perfume or unguent cones, as some have been discovered made of non-aromatic materials.

But, let us continue with the idea that what Ankhefenkhonsu was wearing on his head was a perfume cone. Do you need to be reminded that tables XLII, CLII, CLIII, and CLIV of Liber 777 all deal with perfumes and their correspondences?

This man was a great magician-priest. He met with divinity wearing this thing on his head. Don't be offhand. It is important.


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04/07/2020 1:04 am  
Posted by: @duck

 

ankh enhance

 

Is that a 'hat' or something on the wall in the background?

https://www.lashtal.com/wiki/Aleister_Crowley_Timeline


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04/07/2020 1:35 am  

@dom

Good question, I hadn't really thought of that. Looking at it as something off in the distance reminds me of this:

Emerald City

 

From what I can tell, the Egyptians didn't really use perspective in the way we think of it in their painting so there isn't really a background or foreground as such, rather the figures and objects are all on the same "plane" (at least as far as I can tell, I might be wrong).

I found something quite similar on a more crudely painted stele:

stele of takasu

 


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04/07/2020 2:05 am  

Being able to build structures which still haven't caved in after so many centuries but can't come up with perspective in drawing, that's some disparity.    

https://www.lashtal.com/wiki/Aleister_Crowley_Timeline


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04/07/2020 2:16 am  

Perspective in the modern sense is a Renaissance invention, so a lot of buildings that have lasted centuries were built by a lot of people before anyone could depict perspective very well:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perspective_(graphical)#History

 

 

 


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04/07/2020 2:44 am  
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Being able to build structures which still haven't caved in after so many centuries but can't come up with perspective in drawing, that's some disparity.   

In the true and accepted Legendary History of Khem, we find that the big-blocks were assembled by one set of beings, and the Egyptian Museum (and Necropoli) were crude copies made by the local human inhabitants. Your observation tends to validate this Legend, which some people think is true, while others say it's ridiculous. Most people haven't even heard the Legend.

 


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04/07/2020 8:13 am  
Posted by: @ignant666

Perspective in the modern sense is a Renaissance invention, so a lot of buildings that have lasted centuries were built by a lot of people before anyone could depict perspective very well:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perspective_(graphical)#History

 

 

 

Yep I knew that, I'm saying that it's amazing that it took so long to get to that point but these amazing buildings were constructed.

 

https://www.lashtal.com/wiki/Aleister_Crowley_Timeline


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04/07/2020 9:39 am  
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Posted by: @duck

 

ankh enhance

 

Is that a 'hat' or something on the wall in the background?

I have a copy where it's not a dark phallic mound but 2 transparent circles that almost look like an attempt to put two horns or even 'cheetah' ears on top of the head (via ignorance of Renaissance perspective) much like Marvel Comic's The Black Panther.   The mound seems additional.  That would make sense (maybe) as he is wearing some sort of cheetah or lynx or leopard-skinned garment. 

20200704 094307

 

https://www.lashtal.com/wiki/Aleister_Crowley_Timeline


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04/07/2020 1:00 pm  

@dom

There's a bit of variation in these replicas, some of them seem to be based on photos of the original in the Cairo museum and some on the replica Crowley had made.

From AC's own copy:

ankh replica

 

The best image quality version of the replica I have found so far:


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05/07/2020 1:47 am  

Here's a photo of the original (?) from the Red Wheel/Weiser 2006 edition of Liber ABA:  

Liber ABA (2006) photo

Here's a photo of a small replica that I have. It's funny how the copies changed the shape of the head and drew in outlines, etc.

stele repro 1

And my main stèle copy -- with some real artistic license, including a change of the shape of Ankh-af-na-Khonsu's head, cap, and, top it off, a pair of glasses!

stele repro 2

 


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26/07/2020 1:47 pm  

Another one of these little updates, those with more understanding of Egyptian symbolism may be aware of this already:

bulltail

 

I had no idea of the symbolism behind this curved shape over RHK's knees, I just assumed it was some item of clothing. After some researching it seems to be a "Bull's Tail", a symbol of royal power. I found a nice page all about this:

http://talesofancientegypt.blogspot.com/2010/09/tails-of-ancient-egypt-no-its-not.html

 

The bull's tail hangs from the kilt as can be seen in this pic of RHK standing:

 

When deities are shown enthroned, the convention seems to be to depict the tail draped over the knees in this curved shape:

 

I think you get the point. Anyway, Wikimedia Commons is an easy way to find a lot of Egyptian art.


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26/07/2020 8:46 pm  

It all started when mommy, or the midwife, or the nurse, or the tribal shaman wrapped your (our) genital area is a diaper. Primitive grown-ups adopted a "loin cloth."

6.2 ramana gif

When you/we got more urbanized and started wearing clothes, the loin cloth remained as a doo-dad on the surface.

153 1537768 fashion clothes clipart ancient egypt clothing men

Today, in the first world empire, we moved the doo-dad up and tied it around our neck.

8 boss man tying his tie cartoon clipart

All of these magical instruments serve either to Tie one's clothing "up," so it doesn't fall down ... or ... they are meant to convey the enormity of your (my, his) reproductive ability.

However, all these pseudo-phallic substitutes and enhancements are dwarfed by the casual simplicity of our rustic brethren ... who are much simpler in their tastes.

ibr 2148963

"Let the Adept choose a suitable substitute for his ding dong ..."
                             - Unknown and Untraceable Swami-Guru-Shaman rule

 


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27/07/2020 2:10 am  
Posted by: @duck

I had no idea of the symbolism behind this curved shape over RHK's knees, I just assumed it was some item of clothing. After some researching it seems to be a "Bull's Tail", a symbol of royal power.

In all of your findings from Egyptian representational art, duck, is it your experience that these Bull's Tails as symbols of potency are shown to "dress" to the left, or to the right for any reason ? (So far as I can tell it seems to be mainly to the left, but I wouldn't like to say for sure.)

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05/08/2020 2:28 am  

A look at the "Emblem of the West" depicted on the Stele:

amenti

Its mentioned in Equinox of the Gods in part 6 of "Genesis Libri AL":

"Behind the god is the hieroglyph of Amenti"

This hieroglyph signifies "the West" and related concepts such as "the Land of the West" (the afterlife) and its personification the goddess Imentet.

 

Hathor in the form of Imentet wearing the Emblem on her head.

 

It comes in 2 versions, one with the Horus falcon (Gardiner no. R13), and one without (no. R14).

emblem1

 

emblem2

 

The Emblem is a composite glyph composed of 3 or 4 glyphs:

falcon G5

The Horus-falcon (Gardiner no. G5)

 

feather H6B

Feather (Gardiner no. H6)

 

bread X1

Bread bun (Gardiner no. X1)

 

cloth S29

Folded cloth (Gardiner no. S29)

 

Why these glyphs together mean "West" is a bit of a mystery to me, if anyone has  some info on this I'd like to know. From what I can tell, the "bread-bun" glyph also signifies the sound "t" and is a "feminine determiner".

It seems that some of this symbolism is a mystery to Egyptologists too as an alternative theory for the "bread-bun" glyph is "the primeval mound of earth that rose from the Nun at the Creation".

 

An informative site on "polychrome" (multicoloured) hieroglyphs:

The Polychrome Hieroglyph Research Project

for example scroll down to R13 for info on the "Emblem of the West"

 

More info on the goddess Imentet:

"Amentet, Goddess of the Dead, Personification of the West"

 

Thanks a lot and quack quack.


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05/08/2020 4:02 am  

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righthand

ideo. for ideogram, as opposed to phonogram, means that it's just a picture that symbolizes the West. None of the glyphs that make up the symbol appear in the "spelled-out" words for Right or West except the T at the end.

The wikipedia article gives you a clue. A major tribe that lived to the West was the Libu or Libyans, and they wore headdresses with feathers sticking out. This feather cap pictorially symbolizes the West in a way that anyone who ever saw a Libyan would have intuited. 

If you think to ask, "Why not just draw a feathered cap, then?" Remember that these were scribes who had to be taught in school, not artists, and it was easier to mock up the symbol using glyphs they already knew.

The falcon appears only because Imentet is but a manifestation of Hathor or Isis, I would imagine.


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05/08/2020 7:50 am  
Posted by: @djedi

This feather cap pictorially symbolizes the West in a way that anyone who ever saw a Libyan would have intuited. 

The feather also pictorially symbolises the ancient Egyptian principle of ma[y]at , or truth/ inner integrity, against which the soul of the departed was weighed in the balance (and if found lacking the necessary lightness to pass On, then thrown to the hippo-croc hybrid for dinner).  Therefore a glyph altogether well suited to be in accordance with the observation that

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Its mentioned in Equinox of the Gods in part 6 of "Genesis Libri AL":

"Behind the god is the hieroglyph of Amenti"

This hieroglyph signifies "the West" and related concepts such as "the Land of the West" (the afterlife)

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against which the soul of the departed was weighed in the balance

[Too-Late Edit:] I meant to have put 'heart' instead of soul there - they both represented the same thing in essence, however.

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05/08/2020 4:31 pm  

@duck

 

Lookin' very good she is. Thanks Duck.  Also thanks for the historical information.

 

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Likewise cheers. 


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05/08/2020 7:23 pm  
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these were scribes who had to be taught in school

Right. And they needed an "alphabet" that pronounced words or depicted meanings that other people could read or grasp. Everyone subscribed to the QBL of the day.

 


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05/08/2020 9:40 pm  

@christibrany

Thanks, these Steles are quite a fascinating subject and some of them are quite beautiful. One of the more memorable ones from my stele-browsing is this one, the "Stele of Lady Taperet":

 

It shows Ra-Horakhty radiating his blessings on the Lady in the form of flowers, quite charming.


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@duck

Those Egyptian ladies were not very modest in their see-through dresses.

I always think the Solar orb above the deities is very cool . 

One of those flowers is going to poke her in the eye. 


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11/10/2020 10:33 am  

Egyptian religious art used 6 main colours: white, black, red, green blue and yellow. You can see in the Stele of Revealing that there's not much colour-mixing going on. Each colour had some symbolic meaning associated with it.

This page gives a description of these colour meanings in a not too long-winded form:

https://www.thoughtco.com/colors-of-ancient-egypt-43718

It also claims that some of these pigments would react if mixed so that may be a reason for the limited amount of colour-mixing seen.

Another OK page on this colour-stuff:

https://www.ancient.eu/article/999/color-in-ancient-egypt/

 

More in-depth descriptions in these papers:

"Examining the Symbolic Meaning of Colors in Ancient Egyptian Painting Art and Their Origin in Environment"

"Color in Ancient Egypt"

 

Reproducing the colours of the Stele seem as much of an art as a science. The original stele will look different depending on the lighting, some parts have faded, someone will prefer the colours one way and someone else another, etc.

We can read how the "Prophet" describes these colours, from "Equinox of the Gods":

"Horus has a red Disk and green Uraeus.
His face is green, his skin indigo.
His necklace, anklets, and bracelets are gold.
His nemyss nearly black from blue.
His tunic is the Leopard’s skin, and his apron green and gold.
Green is the wand of double Power; his r.h. is empty.
His throne is indigo the gnomon, red the square.
The light is gamboge.
Above his are the Winged Globe and the bent figure of the heavenly
Isis, her hands and feet touching earth."

By "the light is gamboge", I imagine he means the "background" of the scene with the mottled, orange-ish/beige-ish appearence.

stele bground

 

I'd never heard of the colour "gamboge", so looked it up:

gamboge

 

I guess this effect was created by a sort of "wash" over a white background with the colour more concentrated in some parts and less so in others.

 

The multicoloured, rectangular border seen on the stele is a common feature in Egyptian art.

stele border

 

A few examples (fair use! 😛 ):

borders

 

I haven't found out if this border has any symbolic significance or if its just a decorative motif to break up the scene into sections. However I did find a description of this type of border in this old book from 1920 which is available on archive.org:

Egyptian decorative art: a course of lectures delivered at the Royal Institution by W.M. Flinders Petrie

The relevant passage:

border1
border2
border3

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11/10/2020 7:58 pm  
Posted by: @duck

radiating his blessings

An example of a "direct transmission."

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His nemyss nearly black from blue.

This is essentially Indigo again. You could buy a Model T in any color, as long as it was Black (Indigo - Midnight Blue).

The "art" part is selecting a shade. Personally, I would tend to cut through the Shiny-ola and determine that the artists onloy had six (7?) colors because they took their colors from a rainbow which everyone can easily see from time to time.

image

An 8-bit, 8-color bitmap would get anyone in the door.

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The multicoloured, rectangular border seen on the stele is a common feature in Egyptian art.

Yes. And you have pictured one with what appears to be really straight lines ... but running downhill ... maybe the "straight-edge guide-tool (a "ruler" or the "square" of Masonry, which looks like an "L") was tilted due to too much beer or speed (rapid production).

Good research. Before there was any vocational goal registered by voice or school, I wanted to be an Archaeologist, specifically Egyptian. These details you did up (and apply, when needed) fascinate my curiosity, even though I will not "do" much with them. This is probably due to a previous life in Khem ( XVII / XVIII dynasty - the XVIIIth is called  ...

"The Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt is classified as the first dynasty of the New Kingdom of Egypt, the era in which ancient Egypt achieved the peak of its power." - Wiki

But it wasn't me, I swear it. It was that thing that moves on from vehicle to vehicle.

All personal diversions set aside, including the short glimpse into how the Egyptian Historians cite and apply Aeons, or eons, or "cycles" based on whether the economy was up-tick or down-tic-frown, I will be applying the 6/7 color, 8-bit bmp to my creation of the Stele of Adjusted Balance, featuring Maat and Hrumachis. I will be the deceased, even though I will still be living ... otherwise how can I get it into print?

 


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12/10/2020 4:09 am  

The last one of these updates (for now):

 

If you were wondering what the peculiar coloured objects on the offering table were:

offerings

 

It seems that they are stylized representations of loaves or slices of bread.

 

This page from the Art Institute of Chicago describes how to interpret these offering scenes:

https://www.artic.edu/articles/824/reading-ancient-egyptian-art-a-curator-answers-common-questions

 

Under "Stela of Amenemhat and Hemet (detail)" it describes a similar offering table to the above, with "Ten golden loaves of bread".

 

Bread as the basic foodstuff that sustains most of humanity has always been seen as sacred, and bread in a religious setting is well known to us from Christianity. As I recall it also features in at least one of the parables by that parable-guy (what was his name again... 🤔 ).

 

A few examples, the number of loaves/slices varies:

table bread

 

It seems that this offering table motif is itself based on a hieroglyph:

R2bread

 

"R2" in Gardiner's sign list, "table with slices of bread".

 

With these posts I hope I have provided some inspiration for someone more academically-minded than me to write a paper on the elements of the Stele should they stumble into this thread in the future. I'm not really "smart" enough to write one though I might make a infographic-style pdf at some point. I may have a couple more updates for this thread later but these were the main ones.

Thanks,

Duck

 


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12/10/2020 9:01 pm  

Praise be to God for the wheat grain with which to make good things to offer Him such as bread and beer.

I wonder what kind of art we can find in the Far East venerating and giving that other holy grain, rice, to the Gods?


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I wonder what kind of art we can find in the Far East venerating and giving that other holy grain, rice, to the Gods?

1. Wheat berry (Triticum aestivum, Poaceae. Xiao mai, 小麥): Sweet and salty wheat berries nourish Heart qi, or the underlying processes that support Chinese Medicine's Heart health. Its slight astringency helps bring dispersed emotions back to center.

2. The wheat of our ancestors is incomparable to the wheat popularly consumed today. Most of the wheat products consumed today are highly refined and possibly rancid. The bread that Jesus broke at the last supper is very different than our modern loaves also due to breeding, scientific manipulations, and farming techniques. Spelt, a relative of wheat, more closely resembles the 'bread of life' that sustained the ancients. It has gained popularity because many of those who cannot tolerate contemporary wheat products can properly digest spelt.

Chinese Medicine recognizes wheat as a potentially medicinal food. Wheat is used to nourish the heart & calm the spirit. Wheat is the comfort food that puts the heart in the heartland of America. Wheat also supports the kidneys, quenches thirst, and stops excessive sweating. It is seen as an excellent food for the promotion of growth in children and weak individuals, thus it should be limited or avoided by those who are obese.

3. www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/wheat-allergy/symptoms-causes/syc-20378897 Wheat allergy is an allergic reaction to foods containing wheat. Allergic reactions can be caused by eating wheat and also, in some cases, by inhaling wheat flour. Avoiding wheat is the primary treatment for wheat allergy, but that isn't always as easy as it sounds.

4. The way wheat (or actually the gliadin in the wheat) causes leaky gut is by triggering our intestinal cells to produce a protein called Zonulin (also known as Haptoglobin 2 precursor). Zonulin has the ability to 'unzip' the seams that normally join the intestinal cells together.
 
Oh dear. Yes, modern refined and genetically twisted wheat is, to put it bluntly, a poison. It is recommended by most alternative medical practitioners that most people AVOID wheat, but substitute spelt or some other (more expensive)  grain to which most of the populace has not acquired a "food allergy" (this causes internal problems, but should not be confused with an "allergic reaction" that sends one to the Emerging Room).
 
We have researched this extensively. Quinoa is the safest and it contains huge amounts of proper nutrients. You will pay more. We pay more. Wheat is abrogated here, but it slips in around the edges. No sweat.
 
 
 
 

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12/10/2020 10:18 pm  

@shiva

 

Quinoa is tasty.I don't have much bread, but what we do buy is organic and generally not bleached, just rye or wheat.  Also generally buy from local bakeries not mass produced.

 

I looked but could not find similar art venerating rice, not even in Shinto Japanese art, like the Egyptians venerated their bread in artwork. 


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12/10/2020 11:23 pm  
Posted by: @christibrany

just rye or wheat.

If the what is refined, it is a low-grade poison.

If it is whole-grain, even if ground up, it is better.


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13/10/2020 2:10 am  

Try purple wheat - makes the best bread.


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Posted by: @faustian

Try purple wheat - makes the best bread.

Does it cause one to see purple beyond purple? You know, the light higher than eyesight (the ultra-variety).


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13/10/2020 9:10 pm  

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We always get dem whole wheats.

I have never seen no purply people eater variety though. 

Not even in any of these hippy-esque nutteries.  Perhaps I shall have to look harder. 

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13/10/2020 10:06 pm  

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Health benefits of purple wheat https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/cche.10190


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