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San Cristobal de las Casas

February 12, 2018

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At the end of the month, I will be heading to Mexico for two weeks. I am looking forward to the adventure, though as always, I am a tad nervous. I will be staying with my friends Bill and Miki in San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas Mexico.

If you are curious, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Cristóbal_de_las_Casas is the wikipedia entry for San Cristobal.

http://www.roamingaroundtheworld.com/things-san-cristobal-de-las-casas-mexico/ is a list of fifteen things to do in San Cristobal. Many are possibilities for me. I will, of course, be trying Pox. The word Pox comes from the Mayan language Tzotzil and means medicine.

I plan to spend the time soaking up the sun, the culture and the good times with friends. I am looking forward to reading, writing and studying magic. It promises to be a fun filled two weeks.

 

Kreegah! Ben-ze Rota

January 29, 2018

Tarzan

When I was a preteen, my Uncle Carl passed on the Tarzan comics that he and my Uncle Clark had collected. I devoured them and went onto read some of the books by Edgar Rice Burroughs too. I know that some people are offended by the racism and colonialism prevalent in the work of Burroughs, but the comics and books have a special place for me because Burroughs crafted worlds of fantasy where I could escape.

I read and reread the comics and I discovered the ape-language of the Mangani, the special breed / tribe of great apes in the Burroughs’ stories. Some of the comics would have a dictionary page that translated a few ape-language words into English. I wrote them out onto 3-ring pages and scanned the comics for other ape-language words and deciphered them by context until I had assembled a comprehensive ape-english dictionary. [My efforts pale in comparison to the well-researched materials at the ERBzine website http://www.erbzine.com/mag21/2113.html. The many links on the page are amazing!]

The phrase, Kreegah, Bundolo (Beware, I Kill) can be found in popular culture. It even has a wikipedia entry. When writing my short story Kismet’s Kaleidoscope, I used the ape-language as one of the ways to introduce both danger and recollection to the story.

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Tarzan read the scratchings on the leaves. This image is from Joe Kubert’s 2nd DC issue of Tarzan which was dated May 1972.

The title of this blog post translates as “Beware. Great Entertainment.” If you want to read more about the Tarzan comics: