A Latin Acrostic

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BEST * NEPTUNI * QUINOTAURI * SIMILIS

Be of good cheer
Even in the face of death
Stand tall
Turn your face to the wind
*
Never tell lies for another
Every man has a story, let him tell it
Playing parts laid down by fate
Turning chaos into bliss
Under frosted skies
ever dreaming
In colour
*
Quickening life within the womb
Underground life growing everywhere
In dark cracks it sprouts
No earth, yet life begins
Overlaid by mystic hand
Taken down by careless feet
Allowing weeds to flourish
Umbrella needed
Rain falling for days into weeks
Inside the church, a message waits
*
Search inside for information needed
In silence sit, say a prayer
Message from age old enemy
In disguise as a friend
Letters hidden must be found
In time to save a life from hell
Satan stands ringing the bell…

This acrostic was created using an ancient Latin phrase. We have included a description of where we think it originated.

Quinotaur

In the Quinotaur is a mythical sea creature mentioned in the 7th century Frankish Chronicle of Fredegar. Referred to as bestea Neptuni Quinotauri similis “, it was held to be the father of a certain meroveus by attacking the wife of the Frankish king Chlodio and thus to have sired the line of Merovingian kings.

The name translates from Latin as “bull with five horns”, whose attributes are included is usually interpreted as symbols of the sea God Neptune with a Trident and horns of a mythical bull or Minotaur. It is not known whether the legend merged both elements by itself or this merger should be attributed to the Christian author. The clerical Latinity of the name does not indicate whether this is a translation of some genuine Frankish creature or a coining.

The suggested rape and subsequent family relationships of this monster attributed to Frankish mythology, correspond to Indo-European etymology of Neptune, and a bull-related fertility myths in Greek mythology where, for example, the Princess Europe was abducted by Zeus in the form of a white bull, that swam her to Crete, or the myth of the Minotaur, which was a product Pasiphaes, Cretan Queens, intercourse with a white bull that was originally dedicated to king Minos, Pasiphaes husband as a sacrifice to Poseidon.

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