THE MYSTERIOUS E AT DELPHI

 After

The Mystery of Hu

The Magik of M N

  Esoteric Letter L ( eL )

 

§ The Alan Parsons Project - Mammagamma §

 

 

 

here comes :

 

 

 

THE MYSTERIOUS E AT DELPHI

 

(i stumbled on this article just recently .... it caught my attention...  )

 

BY
DAVID ARTHUR WALTERS
 
Leto's all-glorious son goes to rocky Pytho, playing upon his hollow lyre, clad in divine, perfumed garments; and at the touch of the golden key his lyre sings sweet. Hesiod
 
* "lyre" is a "feminine word"
 
 
 
 
The Mysterious E and The Egg at Delphi
 
Zeus sent two golden eagles, one from the East, the other from the West. Their meeting located the center of the world at a place we call Delphi. Their juncture was commemorated with a stone egg, an ‘omphalos.’ Upon the world-egg is inscribed four letters, the last three of which spell the original name of the great Earth goddess, Gaea.
 
Gaea's shrine was right there, below snowy Parnassus, long before Apollo slew Python, the dragoness guarding it, and seized the real estate for his cult; a murder and grand larceny for which he served eight years at hard labor to purge his blood-guilt. Poets sometimes called Delphi, "pytho", or "I rot", for there hot Helios caused the she-dragon's flesh to rot. If we are to believe Hesiod, she deserved her demise, for "Whosoever met the dragoness, the day of doom would sweep him away."
 
 

  • nb: Many geologists and scholars believe that the famous Greek Oracle at Delphi (the Pythia) went into her trance-like state as an effect of ethylene rising from ground faults.  Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) occurs naturally in crude petroleum, natural gas, volcanic gases, and hot springs.... Hydrogen sulfide is a flammable, colorless gas with a characteristic odor of rotten eggs....ie "Pytho"

 

  • there is more to it .....  if you remember the phases of Alchemy :  Nigredo - Blackness "The wise man is not surprised by death he is always ready to leave ". La Fontaine...............This melancholic state is so powerful that, according to scientists and doctors,it can attract demons to the body, even to such an extent that one can get into mental confusion or get visions.  Agrippa................  Nigredo, or blackness, in the alchemical sense, means putrefaction, decomposition. ie "Pytho"

 

 

   § Child of Vision - Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) §

 
The dragoness’s sidekick was Hera's spite-child, the monstrous Typhoeus, whose successors, in the form of typhoons, still wreak havoc about the globe. A form of Typhoeus also plagues modern human society in the form of television and the World Wide Web: "Out of his shoulders came a hundred fearsome snake-heads with black tongues flickering," reported Hesiod in his Theogony, “and the eyes in his strange heads flashed fire under the brows; and there were voices in his fearsome heads, giving out every kind of indescribable sound." Today his myriad writhing legs, as we can see, are plugged into electric sockets.
 
Hera conceived this monster alone, without the help of intercourse with her unfaithful husband, because she was jealous of Athena, who was conceived and born without her aid from the head of Zeus.
 
Another, less popular, history of the possession of the temple's site states that Gaea conveyed part of the estate to her daughter, Themis, goddess of prophecy and law, long before Apollo got hold of it, proving that a male was not required for its lawful administration. Themis, in turn, turned over her share to Apollo. Gaea had also shared the property with Poseidon; he gave his share to Apollo in exchange for an island. Thus did Apollo gain full title to the realty.
 
The first letter of the four letters on the stone half-globe marking the property is a crude 'E', standing on its three legs as if it were a tripede preparing to walk—the right leg is bent forward. The E with its four lines also looks like a temple with its roof overlapping on each end.
 
 *note the resemblance to letter M
 
The meaning of the E has been a mystery since ancient times. Experts do not agree, wherefore we may speculate at our leisure on the meaning of E.
 
The Greek name for the letter E is EI, a diphthong denoting the number, five. The term is also the word for 'IF', as well as the word for the second person singular of the verb, 'to be', or, 'thou art.'
 
 
E also stands for 'temple' in one of the Semitic languages. The Semites, who were in communication with the Greeks, designated their Sun-god or Sky-god, whose house was naturally 'high' or in 'heaven,' by the symbol EL. The four letters on the egg-globe may mean "Thou art Gaea" (the goddess of Earth) or "The Temple of Gaea" or "The Egg-House of the Goddess."
 
 
We may take a numerological approach to E. Besides the E on the omphalos, there was an E inscribed somewhere on the temple itself, next to maxims such as Know Thyself, Nothing Too Much, A Pledge Causes Trouble. There may have been four other maxims, including Falsify the Coin, and E, if we count E as a maxim, and another two, unknown, for a total of seven maxims—our lucky number, seven, was Apollo's prime number. The Seven Wise Men were said to be authors of the seven maxims. That jibes with Apollo's number seven, but not with E as the fifth letter of the alphabet. Two of the Seven Wise Men were believed to be imposters—at least five of the seven wandering wise men allegedly impeached two of their number for plagiary while on the road. Let’s take that road back to Delphi and consider the politics circumambulating the sacred E.
 
The Political Religion
 
Delphi became the Vatican (‘oracular’ i.e. prophetic) city and catholic (universal) center of the ancient Greek religion administered by the cult of Apollo, which enjoyed the imbibing of mead, fermented honey deemed an aid to the reasoning power. Dionysus horned in on the mead drinkers early on; many were those who came under the influence of his wine, which inflamed the passions. Apollo was loyal to Zeus: he did not try to replace him, but served as his administrator.
 

 

Reconstruction
 
Delphi, besides being the location of Apollo’s primary residence, was replete with treasury buildings or national banks, a theatre and other structures. Its political protector was the Amphictyony, a league of Greek nation-states—an ancient Greek precursor of the modern League of Nations. Members of the league were not supposed to destroy each other’s cities or cut off their water supplies in time of war or peace, and they agreed to make war on anyone who violated the rules. Naturally, the Amphictyony was subject to the usual bickering, back-stabbing, double-dealing and double-crossing characteristic of political leagues.
 
Religion worships absolute power while Politics distributes it. The religious institution at Delphi was subservient to the political factions that combined against foreigners, and occasionally warred against each other for control of the temple and its accumulated treasure. The cult’s main concerns were the ritual purification of homicides of their blood-guilt, immigration law, and drafting constitutions of foreign colonies.
 
Its priests or monks, who, along with the Pythias or nuns, belonged to an order of Cretan religious, had considerable influence. Knowledge is power; they possessed the power of information brought to the international center: they were often consulted by foreigners. Myth relates that the original priests were Cretan merchants sailing a black ship upon which Apollo leapt in the form of a dolphin, took control of the helm and sailed it to Crisa below the glades of Parnassus; he identified himself as the son of god, and instructed them to administer his new temple, its altar to be called Delphinius (‘dolphin’); the merchants worried they would not make a living in the middle of nowhere; Apollo Delphinius called them fools and said that, if they kept his temple with righteousness in their hearts, they would never want for wealth no matter how much they consumed. Thereafter the priests interpreted the Pythia's hysterical ejaculations from her tripod and rendered her prophecies as poesy. The findings usually favored the faction most likely to win; yet the prophecies were conveniently ambiguous in the event something went wrong that might cast doubt on the temple, or simply to avoid suspicion of treason when the favored party was an enemy to the Greeks. Although politically oriented, the temple never had the sort of political power that the Roman Catholic Church obtained by coincidence - or, if you will, by the will of its god.
 
We know that the Delphic institution existed at least a thousand years before our Common Era. The religion of the dead and cult of immortality associated with Dionysus was introduced in the eighth or ninth century B.C.E. The fifth-century B.C.E. temple at Delphi was destroyed and rebuilt in the fourth century. The rebuilt temple suffered partial destruction about 84 B.C.E. It was damaged again in Nero's time, and eventually fell into disrepair. Apparently the Romans gilded the letters of the maxims when they restored them, presumably because the Seven (or Five) Wise Men had provided the original maxims writ in gold on tablets. Plutarch, who is almost our sole source of information about the mysterious E, speculated on its meaning in his little book, The E at Delph
, wherein he mentioned that it was "the golden E of Empress Livia." Augustus Caesar's wife may have been saddened that the temple had become so run-down by her day, and had the E on the temple itself gilded or re-gilded.

Speculations

The illustrious letter E at Delphi presented a mystery to visiting speculators in ancient times. They were not inclined to believe that its appearance was an accident. At least Plutarch thought not in The E at Delphi:

"For the likelihood is that it was not by chance nor, as it were, by lot that this was the only letter that came to occupy first place with the god and attained the rank of a sacred offering and something worth seeing; but it is likely that those who, in the beginning, sought after knowledge of the god either discovered some peculiar and unusual potency in it or else used it as a token with reference to some other of the matters of the highest concern, and thus adopted it."

Love does not abhor a secret; religion loves mystery. Sometimes it is convenient to desist from efforts to solve the riddles of life, and, after a leap to faith, to refer to god's mysteries when questioned about the embarrassing contradictions between words and deeds. But metaphysicians seldom tire of playing the game of riddles; nor do they mind the proverbial futility of their philosophy, for, as one of the greatest philosophers pointed out, seemingly vain and useless endeavors give useful ones more meaning and sometimes result in practical theories of substantial benefit to humankind.

Plutarch attended a philosophical workshop held at Delphi on the meaning of E and other Delphian things. He recounted that the philosopher Ammonius (Plutarch’s teacher Ammonius of Athens, a first century expert on Aristotle) said that Apollo was no less a philosopher than a god, as is evident from his titles: Inquirer, Clear, Disclosing, Knowing, Conversationalist.

"Since," quoth Ammonius, "inquiry is the beginning of philosophy, and wonder and uncertainty the beginning of inquiry, it seems only natural that the greater part of what concerns the god should be concealed in riddles, and should call for some account of the wherefore and the explanation of the cause. For example, in case of the undying fire, that pine is the only wood burned here. while laurel is used for offering incense; that two Fates have statues here, whereas three is everywhere the customary number; that no woman is allowed to approach the prophetic shrine; the matter of the tripod; and the other questions of this nature, when they are suggested to persons who are not altogether without mind and reason, act as a lure and an invitation to investigate, to read, and to talk about them."

And indeed the investigations of Delphi continue to this very day, with ample doubt in mind, not only as to the meaning of E, but, for instance, as to the role that women played at Delphi. If only we could ask a pythia or sibyl for the meaning of the E. Of course we would still have to interpret her rant.

Woman’s Crucial Role

The fair sex played the leading and perhaps only role at the prehistoric site long before Apollo arrived on the scene to slay Mother Earth's dragoness, the Python. After the far-shooting god's Cretan priests or "holy ones" took over the administration of the sacred precinct, they could not do without the enthusiasm of women for long, wherefore a virtuous woman called the pythia or pythoness was recruited to eat the bay leaves or laurel; drink of the sacred spring; sit on the tripod; inhale the gas seeping from the crevices; and serve as Apollo's medium. The priests in turn would interpret her utterings for the benefit of inquirers.

A pythia was probably a trained nun of the Cretan order whose performance on the tripod was sincere play-acting. Or she might have been a free-born Delphian woman of the lower classes, relatively ignorant and superstitious, with a hysterical temperament possibly aggravated by the subterranean dream-gas seeping up through the crevices. In any case she was pure enough to receive and to convey Apollo's seminal data unadulterated. Young virgins were tried at first, but certain disturbances led to the employment of matrons over fifty, who, to maintain the appearance of propriety during the purification process, wore the attire of young maidens.

In any case, the immediate organ of divine inspiration, the balloon of divine inflatus, was always female. Furthermore, ancient sources besides Plutarch have stated that women on the whole were in fact allowed entrance the inner shrine, and that the sacred fire was attended by elderly married women. Students of the cult now believe that women were never excluded from the whole temple, and that they enjoyed the same consultative privileges as men.

Among the women about the sacred grounds of "rocky Pytho" were the sibyls, old women who sang pessimistic prophecies—their pioneering practice influenced the Jews, then the Christians. In fact the very first sibyl is believed to have set up shop by a rock just south of Pythian Apollo's temple. Pausanias wrote in his travel guide of a later sibyl who sang her prophecies by that rock, 'Sibyl Rock' or the 'Rock of Herophile.' Pausanias said that this Sibyl Herophile, in her 'Hymn to Apollo', called herself Artemis as well as Herophile; she claimed to be Apollo's sister as well as his daughter, and said her mother was a nymph of Mount Ida and her father a man.

"I was born between man and goddess, slaughterer of sea monsters and immortal nymph, mountain-begotten by a mother of Ida, and my country is sacred to my mothers, red-earthed Marpessos, the river Aidoneus."

A sibyl at Delphi foretold the troubles to be caused by Helen, reputedly the most beautiful woman in the world. Some authors believe 'the monstrous regiment of women' are at the root of war and revolution; for instance, Thomas Jefferson thuoght Marie Antoinette caused the French Revolution. Arnold Toynbee collected a list of notable femme fatales for his history. Women have of course produced more good than evil. Their mysterious motivating power over men is undeniable. Given the brutes women were given to tame, they occasionally resorted to occult methods instead of direct confrontation, say 'womb-like convulsions' and mantic or manic shrieking, to produce their tangible and intangible goods. 'Rational' men in several regions eventually subdued and monopolized the 'irrational' arts, saving the priest and killing the sorceress as per patriarchal holy scripture.
 
  • 68 > 14 > 5 68 -  
    MemKafChet --- (628 w/f); to be wise, to gain wisdom; to gain by wisdom; to teach, make wise; to be a well trained (magician); wise, intelligent, understanding, discreet, cunning.
    HayAlephYodBetNun --- a prophetess; a mistress of song, a female bard; a prophet's wife.


    Suffice it to say that woman played the crucial spiritual role at Delphi. Even in politics, she had far greater influence than supposed by modern historians who want her tied to the bedpost. Since she laid the egg or 'Navel' found at Delphi, upon which was inscribed the mysterious E, she should be mystically consulted on the meaning of E amongst other things.

    Take Five
 

 

 

 

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  • 1.It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: 2.but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. 3. The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable. 4. take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer. 5.  Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

    alchemist proverb from KJ Bible

     

    it sounds familiar to :

     

    let’s look at what is possibly the earliest surviving alchemical manuscript, “Isis the Prophetess to Her Son Horus” found in the Codex Marcianus, a medieval (11th century) collection of Greek fragments. This work seems to be a unique blend of Hebrew mysticism and Egyptian mythology that could only have come from Alexandria early in the first century of the Christian Era.

    Isis tells Horus that while he was away fighting and defeating Set, she was in Hermopolis studying angelic magick and alchemy. She relates that “after a certain passing of the kairoi and the necessary movement of the heavenly sphere, it happened that one of the angels who dwelt in the first firmament saw me from above. . .” The angel, a being of the lower realm between the earth and the moon, is enflamed by passion, but can’t answer her questions about alchemy. He bargains on another encounter by offering to bring a higher angel who will tell her everything she wants to know. The first angel shows Isis the magickal sign of the higher angel, a bowl of shining water and a moon sign that resembles the emblem of the moon-god Khonsu of Thebes.

    At noon the next day, the angel returns with the higher angel, here called Amnael, who also finds Isis desirable and is willing to trade information for sex. He reveals the mystery of his sign and then swears her to a great oath. In this oath, we find echoes of the great mystery and the keys to its explication. “I conjure you in the name of Fire, of Water, of Air, and of the Earth; I conjure you in the name of the Height of Heaven and the Depths of Earth’s Underworld; I conjure you in the name of Hermes and Anubis, the howling of Kerkoros and the guardian dragon; I conjure you in the name of the boat and its ferryman, Acharontos; and I conjure you in the name of the three necessities and the whip and the sword.”

    After this oath, Isis is never to reveal the secret to anyone but her son, Horus, her closest friend. The knowledge will make them one, as the knowledge has now made Isis and the angel one.

     

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    And then a curious thing occurs. When the mystery is revealed, it seems strangely flat, as if something is left unsaid in the answer. Horus is told to watch the peasant, who may or may not have been the boatman Acharontos, and then is given a lecture on “as you sow, so shall you reap.” Horus is told to realize “that this is the whole creation and the whole process of coming into being, and know that a man is only able to produce a man, and a lion a lion, and a dog a dog, and if something happens contrary to nature, then it is a miracle and cannot continue to exist, because nature enjoys nature and only nature overcomes nature.”

    Isis goes on to relate that she will now give the secret of preparing certain “sands.” She says that “one must stay with existing nature and the matter one has in hand in order to prepare things. Just as I said before, wheat creates wheat, a man begets a man and thus gold will harvest gold, like produces like. Now I have manifested the mystery to you.”

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    • Seems somehow relevant to my pet rant topic of how nature is being interfered with these days re abusive strains of trans activism, biological denialism and ridiculous post-modern deconstructionist gender theory. Sorry if it's not relevant and I have just projected my own preoccupations. :)

      • :) .......i thought it might ...  have you considered that this whole gibberish known as "post-modern deconstructionist" is nothing  more than a form of Nigredo.... on a bigger scale ... human is still a pawn of nature , it don't matter if he is aware of it or not .

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        • You know me well then :)

          Hadnt considered that re nigredo - very possible. Might not stop me ranting but I have a new full time job and long travel time daily and that at least curtails the amount of time I have to rant!

    • Kemet, literally the "Black Land"

       

      (Basilius Valentinus, Azoth, Paris, 1659)
      The Body is to be decomposed, that is one shifts one's awareness to the inner self. The planets are both stages of the process and energies in the body to be transmuted. The Saturn star is black as Saturn reigns over Nigredo. Sun and Moon are the opposites to be united, and fire and air are the elements stimulating the decomposition. The black crow is another symbol for Nigredo. The two birds coming out of the body are the soul and the spirit. One needs to become aware of one's soul and spirit. The circle emphasizes the idea of union or unification.

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      Ancient Egyptian concept of the soul. The ancient Egyptians believed the soul was divided into five parts Ren, Ba, Ka, Sheut, and Ib.

  • Keep this in Mind

     

    Number . . . should not be understood solely as a construction of consciousness, but also as an archetype and thus as a constituent of nature both without and within.  -Marie-Louise von Franz 'Number and Time'

     

     

    An archetype can be:

    • a statement, pattern of behavior, or prototype which other statements, patterns of behavior, and objects copy or emulate;
    • a Platonic philosophical idea referring to pure forms which embody the fundamental characteristics of a thing;
    • a collectively-inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., that is universally present in individual psyches, as in Jungian psychology;

     

    § Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee ✧ Spirit Power §

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    • "...I have always come upon the enigma of the natural number. I have a distinct feeling that number is a key to the mystery since it is just as much discovered as it is invented. It is a quantity as well as a meaning." [might say "a quality"] ; Number and Time, 9; Jung, Letter to Stephen I. Abrams, Oct. 21, 1957

     

    "Matthew 7:7

    Ask, Seek, Knock  .... 

    “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.""

    Amazon.com: Number and Time: Reflections Leading Toward a Unification of Depth Psychology and Physi…
    Amazon.com: Number and Time: Reflections Leading Toward a Unification of Depth Psychology and Physics (9780810105324): Marie-Louise Von Franz, Ernst…
  • forgot to add a third dimension to "Pytho"

     

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    Apollo slew Python, the dragoness guarding it, and seized the real estate for his cult.....

     

    • Ley lines, also known as “leys” and “dragon lines” are phenomena most people have heard of but few really understand.

    A "ley line" is an unseen conduit, if you will, of spiritual energy that runs through the Earth. There many of these lines across the globe and they tend to intersect in a grid-like pattern. Points where these lines intersect are thought to be vortexes of psychic or spiritual energy by New Agers. Said devotees of the ley line theory claim that ancient peoples, whether unconsciously or intuitively, built their monuments along these conduits. The pyramids of both Egypt and Mexico are said to be atop ley lines, as is Stonehenge and the lines of Nazca. Even our modern Interstates and roadways are claimed to follow ley lines in a few cases. Plus, interestingly enough, crop circles seem to form along ley lines, especially in Britain.

     

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    The Dragon and the Tiger
    The Chinese call Ley Lines “Lung Mei” or “Dragon Lines.” Lung Mei are perceived as
    being of two types: Yang lines represented by the Blue Dragon, and Yin lines represented by the
    White Tiger. The intersection of the two, balancing Yin and Yang, is perceived as a power center:
    that is, a Vortex.
    This same duality is increasingly perceived in the west as well.
    Yang Ley Lines are normally perceived as being at the surface and just below the surface
    of the Earth. They are straight lines which form geometric shapes, especially triangles, when they
    cross each other, which they often do. Yang Ley Lines give a feeling of high energy sometimes
    described as invigorating or electric –they tend to increase physical energy and when very strong
    can produce an ungrounded effect. This is why when too many Ley Lines intersect in one spot it
    is often impossible for life to thrive there.
    Yin Ley Lines are perceived as being deeper in the Earth, and are normally associated
    with underground water –subterranean rivers and springs. Unlike the straight Yang Leys, Yin Ley
    Lines are circuitous and curvilinear. Yin Ley Lines give a feeling of heavy, slow energy sometimes
    described as calm and peaceful –they tend to dampen physical energy but heighten psychic
    energy and meditative states. It is difficult to live over a Yin Ley Line because it creates a passive
    atmosphere in which it can be very difficult to function on an everyday level.
    When these two kinds of Ley Line intersect a powerful energy is formed which partakes
    of the qualities of both, though not always in equal measure: indeed, the qualities of each votex
    are unique to it.
    The idea that there are both Yang and Yin Ley Lines, and that both are connected with
    the ancient Megalithic monuments, is supported by the work of dowsers M. Louis Merle and
    Reginald Allender Smith. Just as Watkins demonstrated a relationship between ancient
    monuments and straight Ley Lines during the ‘20s, during the ‘30s Merle and Smith demonstrated
    a similar relationship between the ancient monuments and the presence of underground water
    sources and frequently of freshwater springs: that is to say, Yin Ley Lines.  (  Ley Lines LEY LINES - www.BahaiStudies.net )

     

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      The universal currents conditioning the movement of worlds, they affect the earth and we must be grateful for without them we would go into the infinite. When there is a lack of accord between them we feel annoying effects; tidal waves, earthquakes and even stranger the appearance of social disturbance. ....

       

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    • on a side note .....

       

      § Air -Cosmic bird §

       

      Astrologer Frank Högerbeck, who specializes in disaster prevention, published an online warning that there is a threat of a devastating earthquake in February or March.

      Mr. Hagerbets says that the disaster will be caused by a rare planetary alignment, which will take place from February 21 to March 7.

       

      Mr. Hugerbets made several forecasts with clearly mixed results.

      Some of them were confirmed by significant earthquakes. Others – were not accurate.

       

       i'd refer you to :

      The Sun, Sunspots and Consciousness

      •  example : Shock Study: Atmospheric CO2 Levels Change with Planetary Movements 
      • Polar vortex 2019

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      § Air - La Femme d'Argent §

       

       

      • Will be keeping an eye on that so.

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    • It is indeed a lovely word, E.

       

      And I love all those words for Love in the Greek, M. They are very useful to contemplate, because we can have such limited definitions of ''love'' nowadays, primarily sexual, and when one feels strong feelings for another we are inclined to confusedly box them into perhaps limited forms of love and maybe even feel a bit guilty. But when we know these different forms of love and affection exist, somehow it frees us up to feel for others what naturally arises. It is hard to describe what I am saying so sorry if it sounds weird.

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