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19 August 2004 @ 02:29 am
Interesting, though irrelevant.  
The text on the human transmutation array is the description (That is, the real-world alchemist's description) of the stages of the creation of the philosopher's stone. Completely and totally irrelevant, but interesting nonetheless.
Azure Blue Paler Than The Sky: northern lighticefalcon on August 19th, 2004 07:29 am (UTC)
I love those interesting but irrelevant facts. Like when I'm sitting in one of my tutes, and the lecturer, who was talking about penitentials, randomly mentioned that people who were trying to humble themselves in the eyes of God would refer to themselves as homoncul in prayer.

Oh, and next week's lecture topic?

'Sin and Psychomachia Allegory.' ;_;
Kalika Maxwellkalikamaxwell on August 19th, 2004 11:40 am (UTC)
If I am not mistaken, what is actually written on the array is the description of the seven stages of alchemy which you are supposed to go through for any successful transmutation. Animals are paired with each stages(crow, green lion, etc.) It's the same text that appears on the document that gave Ed his Fullmetal title.

"We give the name “Full Metal” to thy Edward Elric in the name of Fuhrer King Bradley. Pale white and black with false citrine, imperfect white and red, the peacock’s feathers in bright colors, the raibow in the sky above, the spotted panther, the green lion, the crow’s beak blue as lead, these shall appear before you in perfect white, and with many others. After the perfect white follows the grey and false citrine also, and after these shall appear the *blank* substance invariable. Then you shall *blank*

darkazriel on August 19th, 2004 02:07 pm (UTC)
No, it's the making of the philosopher's stone. It's an excerpt from "Ripley's Recapitulation of the Twelve Gates". http://www.levity.com/alchemy/recapit.html
Kalika Maxwellkalikamaxwell on August 19th, 2004 08:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool. I hadn't read that. Thanks. It's interesting stuff.