Bathing pages of the VM
J. Michael Herrmann
November 2020

In an earlier preprint, the hypothesis has been stated that the Voynich manuscript (VM)is written in Persian language in a special alphabet that is similar to the Pahlavi and Mandaic alphabets. Here, the so-called bathing pages of the VM are considered from which additional support for the predominance of Persian vocabulary in the VM is derived. In order to reduce the effect of subjectivity in the translation, we consider only single words that caption many of the illustrations on the bathing pages, and which are shown here to have consistent and meaningful translations in most cases. Although many details remain to be discussed, the question of the characterisation of the VM as a natural-language text can now be considered as solved.
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keywords: voynich manuscript, persian, mandaic, semantics, phonology
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