Many people think that religion and science are mutually exclusive. Not the gringa. She believes that they are inextricably linked. One cannot exist without the other. One explains the mysteries of the other. They are mirror images reflecting and confirming the existence of each other. Follow the gringa on a mathematically spiritual rabbit trail and see where we end up on the other side of the mirror.
The gringa read a little ditty about Roman dodecahedrons. They are a 12 sided object with each side shaped like a 5-sided pentagon. Each pentagon has a hole in it. The sides of the pentagons connect to create a hollow center. At each corner junction is a knob. These strange little doo-dads have been found in all sorts of places: central Europe, France, southwest Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Belgium, the UK, etc. They are very mysterious objects usually constructed of bronze or stone.
As archaeologists have continued to uncover these thingamajigs, they have scoured the annals of ancient literature, government records, science annals and religious texts to no avail. No one seems to have ever mentioned them. It is perplexing, indeed, for archaeologists to determine what the heck they are. Considering the time period in which they were constructed (200 AD), the materials from which they are made (stone or metal), the skilled craftsmanship required, it is highly unlikely such investment was made for the purpose of a flower vase, children’s toy or gaming device.
The gringa agrees with one speculation, especially since there is no written record accounting for them. I agree with the theory that they are some religious relic of kabbalistic intent. These dodecahedrons may have been been secretly used by elite Roman religionists, objects of great mystical power. Let’s explore the possibilities.
A mathematician will explain that there are 30 edges, 20 vertices (points of angle), and twelve faces. In a nutshell, to a mathematician, a dodecahedron is the only 3-dimensional geometric shape that is a polyhedron comprised of pentagons. In other words, it is unique, one of kind.
A mathematician will explain further fascinating aspects:
- It is a pentagon inside as well.
- A perfect cube can be created within it.
- A tetrahedron can be created within it.
- A decagon can be created within it and is, in fact, created based upon the geometric shape of the pentagon. So, without a dodecahedron, a decagon could not exist.
- An octahedron can be created within the tetrahedron.
- The icosahedron is the dual-opposite of the dodecahedron. This means that none of the other geometric solids fit within the icosahedron without the dodecahedron existing in the first place. One cannot exist without the other and vice versa. The physical connection that bears evidence of this “duality” is created by connecting each pentagon’s vertex (the middle holes) with lines.
- All 5 geometric shapes (cube, tetrahedron, decagon, octahedron & dodecahedron ) fit within one another within the icosahedron.
- The geometric solid dodecahedron contains 12 pyramids.
- The geometry of dodecahedron is a union of crystals, lattices and organic life.
That’s some deep stuff from math. Seeing as how the Roman dodecahedrons all had holes in each pentagon’s center, it is easy to see that whoever was using it for whatever purpose was aware of the icosahedron duality aspect. The gringa’s pretty certain a detail like that is no coinky-dink.
So what, then, would be a relationship that would tie an advanced mathematical object to religious use? That would be the symbology of numerology. The most important and repetitive numbers in the geometry of the dodecahedron is 5 and 12, most importantly 12. It is the geometry of 5 and 12 which create the dodecahedron so that the dodecahedron can, in turn, create everything else. Let’s see what superstition, religions and mysticism have to say about these numbers:
The Number 5
- Ancient Chinese superstitions attributed this number as having a duality: good luck and bad luck. Philosophically, the number 5 is indicative of the five elements so this number is also featured in much of ancient Chinese medicine that is still in practice today.
- In Christian symbology, the number represents the creation of mankind who has 5 fingers, toes and senses.
- Judeo-Christian mysticism attributes God’s grace to the number 5 based on a formula developed from the 10 Commandments: First 5 commandments are about man’s relationship with God, the other 5 about mankind’s relationships with one another, all of which require grace because of man’s inability to achieve perfection. This is further confirmed by the number of offerings required in order to receive grace: 1. Sin Offering; 2. Trespass Offering; 3. Burnt Offering; 4. Grain Offering; 5. Peace Offering.
- There are 5 Pillars of Islam which define how to live a Muslim lifestyle.
- Muslim mysticism attributes the number as symbolic of doubt and weakness, the spiritual and physical condition of mankind.
- Hinduism teaches that the number represents the elements of nature, in essence, it represents the divine’s creation, mankind and the Earth. Lord Shiva’s 5 faces are turned toward different directions observing these elements, each face having a different name.
- The condition of man after death is of joining the 5 elements, meaning he becomes Panchaka, a part of the group of 5. Panchakona is the Hindi word for pentagon.
The gringa’s conclusion, then, is that the pentagons which comprise the dodecahedron represent mankind and the Earth.
The number 12
- To understand how ancient Chinese philosophers would view the number, you have to break it down into the components of 10 and 2. The number 10 is a yin number, meaning evenly balanced, as is the number 2, hence the number 12. As an evenly balanced number it would be regarded as good luck. 2 is considered especially lucky because of the superstitious belief that all good things come in pairs. That can be determined by a quick scan of human physiology: 2 eyes, 2 hands, 2 feet. Lose one and a person is significantly impaired, incomplete, imperfect. Thus, the number 2 is also symbolic of perfection, thus, the divine.
- Judeo-Christian teaching is that this is the divine number, the number that represents the godhead: 12 tribes, 12 disciples, and 12 zodiac star systems in the heavens from whence the 12 Roman gods were derived.
- Muslims teach that there were originally 12 ruling Imams mentored and appointed by Muhammad.
- Buddhism features 12 life stations that are achieved on the path to enlightenment.
The twelve individual pentagons that symbolize man individually, once united, form the representation of the godhead, the creator of mankind. In other words, these Roman dodecahedrons teach us that:
- All of mankind serves its own purpose in representing an aspect of the godhead.
- Once each aspect accepts that it needs the existence and support of the other aspects, it can then unite.
- Once all aspects unite, they form the image of the godhead.
- All of Earth (the dodecahedron) and all of the dual Spiritual (the icosahedron) are contained within this union, thus…
Unity of all mankind will lead to immortality and the physical restoration of the Earth. That is the mystical message of the Roman dodecahedron. At least that’s the road the gringa has travelled. And the building block of the godhead is mankind. Man has always thought that without God, man could not exist. But the geometric model shows that without mankind, the godhead could not exist. The practical take-away from all of that for the gringa is: respect all religions, respect all cultures, respect all people. Get along and, like the Vulcans say, live long and prosper. Heck, we might, in fact, achieve some mystical end-game accomplishment and become immortal, enjoying world peace for ever and ever.
Sources: The Vintage News
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