STORAGE AND TRANSPORT OF PROFANE AND SACRED INFORMATION

ANCIENT KNOTTED CORDS AND MODERN CABLES AND WIRES

Reciting all the attributes of a deity by counting the beads in a rosary, recalling the movements of the stars and other celestial bodies, accounting the fruits of labour, mapping the ancestral migration routes, calculating the name that should not be pronounced, all these activities have been recorded over thousands of years in systems using strings or ropes with beads and knots.

Running messengers and sweating horses have been superseded by complex transport systems of information using wires airwaves and light.

Sacred and secret codes, only accessible to the initiated still exist.

A growing numbers of connectors reach out to their counterparts, often the connection is lost as standards change faster and faster and later generations might wonder what was the purpose all those funny looking cables.

Fibre, not stone, was the most wide spread material of early man, connecting, tying, weaving, and still it is so nowadays; in that sense our kind have developed from fibre age to fibre age, from the use of plant and animal substance to fibre optics.


  
 
Muslim Subha Inca Quipu cords Japanese Ketsu Papua Iatmul cord Jewish Talit with Tsitsit knots