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Quipus and Witches Knots by Cyrus Lawrence Day

Quipus and Witches Knots by Cyrus Lawrence Day

University of Kansas Press (1967)

Do you seek a cure for haemorrhoids, snake bite-or headache? In this scholarly work, Mr. Day (yes, the same C. L. Day respected for his Sailors Knots) traces the use of magic knots, religious knots, knot calendars, and even the decimal logic of Peruvian quipus is analysed. He reveals just how very old knots really are...older than the wheel, fire, cultivation of the soil or harnessing the wind. The book contains illustrations from rare manuscripts of the slings used by Ancient Greek and Roman physicians; and the Constrictor Knot (often wrongly assumed to be Ashley’s invention) is demonstrated to be at least a couple of thousand years older than generally supposed. Primitive people were not simple where knots were concerned.