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Fabre d Olivet, Antoine

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Fabre d' Olivet , born December 8, 1767 died March 27, 1825 in Paris, was a writer, philologist [researcher into language] and French occultist. The majority of his books and research were dedicated to the Occitan language. He also published a novel and several musical works.

Some of his best known works are on the research of the Hebrew language, for example “The Hebraic Tongue Restored: And the True Meaning of the Hebrew Words Re-Established and Proved by their Radical Analysis”. He believed that the meaning of the Hebrew Language from a spiritual point of view had been lost after the Exodus and the fall of Jerusalem, although the Essenes had kept some of their Hebrew roots. He tried to trace a linguistic pattern in the evolution of the language and Hebrew grammar.

 

Considered an oddity today, the book has been republished a number of times and remains something of a key book for those trying to trace back to the language of 'spells'.

Fabre d'Olivet was also extremely interested in music. His other works of renown are on the sacred use of music entitled “Music Explained as Science and as Art and Considered in its Analog Relationship with Religious Mysteries, Ancient Mythology and the History of the Earth”.
In essence, he made the connection between music and the original forms in which we might have communicated as a people, he also understood the link between music and 'spells', as well as the power of certain music to heal and he attempted to prove this by using music to heal.

There is an interesting story that involved his healing a deaf and dumb boy of his hearing impairment in 1811, whereupon Napoleon officially declared that he was never again to heal another person of deafness. He indicated that he kept the letter of notice out of amusement.

 

So the implication is that he was successful and we have provided an observation of a reconstruction of the event, based on accounts of what happened. It is clear he was just a bit too successful and started to be viewed as a threat by those in power and in the religious institutions. “He was declared a non-person by Napoleon I and condemned by the Pope.”

D'Olivet also provided a translation and commentary of Pythagoras's thirty-six Golden Verses.

And he also attempted an alternate interpretation of Genesis, based on what he considered to be connections between the Hebrew alphabet and Hieroglyphs. In effect he was trying to see if there was a common set of roots in Hebrew and Hieroglyphs.

 

As we can thus see all his research is connected, Pythagorus with numbers and their connection to spiritual functions, music as the key to early languages as well as spells and the Hebrew language as a possible example of a by now corrupted language, which nevertheless betrayed its roots enough to enable some analysis to be made. The study of Egyptian hieroglyphs also fits into the same research pattern. Was there a single early language? Was it musical? And was it recorded in some archaic form which has since been corrupted [cuneiform, script etc]?

The last area of study in this giant jigsaw he was attempting to put together, were of the Occitan language. He attempted to show the connections between Occitan and Hebrew, again trying to find the original language [if language it was] of mankind.

Eventually Fabre d' Olivet managed to perfectly master the 'langue d'oc' – Occitan. He even composed poems in the language. Rather intriguingly he combined his poetry in Occitan with a study of the Troubadors, publishing a book called simply The Troubadors which claimed to be Occitan poetry of the 13th century but which was in fact, his poetry.

 

He only got found out in 1824, just before he died. But Fabre d'Olivet did manage to capture the spirit of the troubadors rather well, tending to suggest he either wanted to be one or acted like one.

His main achievement according to scholars was his restoration of Occitan, they tend to pour scorn on the rest of his work.

He never did 'break the code', but the very fact he attempted to discover the language of spells is itself intriguing and praiseworthy.

Fabre d'Olivet died of a stroke and his grave in the cemetery of Père- Lachaise is very symbolically surmounted by a broken column.

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