Friday, November 7, 2008

Open Sesame

Vocal commands such as “open sesame” seem to hark back to ancient sonic technologies. Some researchers are convinced, for example, that sound vibrations were manipulated to levitate heavy stones during the building of the Great Pyramid. Umberto Eco suggests: “It is known that the Chaldean priests operated sacred machines by sounds alone, and the priests of Karnak and Thebes could open the doors of a temple with only their voice—and what else could be the origin, if you think about it, of the legend of Open Sesame?” (Foucault’s Pendulum, 1988).

1 comment:

Tamara said...

As I noted in a comment to a previous post, I've read about ancient sonic technologies in ancient Egypt in one of Jane Robert's books

Needless to say, I find the idea intriguing.