Dead Names, Dead Dog: Playing Games

Our next item from Dead Names is “Simon’s” assertion that the name “Cthulhu” exists in the Koran.  As he tells it, Sura 25.29 contains the Arabic word “khathoolan”, which translates as “foresaker.”  This word might also be rendered, if taken out of the accusative case, as “khadhulu” or “qhadhulu.”

Some of you are snickering already.  Well, wiseguys, you can skip the rest of this post!  As for the rest of you…

As we’ve already dismissed “Simon’s” “Kutu-Lu” argument, I feel no shame in labeling this an interesting coincidence.  If “Simon” wants to assert otherwise, he’ll have to do his own etymological and cultural research to prove that this word has a connection to ancient Sumer.

The interesting part here is the source “Simon” uses for all this:

I am indebted to a nameless associate who pointed me in the direction of an old Internet posting by one Parker Ryan from 1994 where this relationship is discussed sensibly and at length.  His posting – which has been preserved on a few other Internet sites since then – is worth reading for a more in-depth study of Arab magic and its relationship to the stories of H.P. Lovecraft and the Necronomicon in particular, for there are so many points of similarity that Ryan is forced to ask if Lovecraft had access to unpublished Arab material or if this is all just a matter of “coincidence.”

Of course, “Simon” wouldn’t be “Simon” if he didn’t suggest we were intellectually dishonest for not bringing this up first:

We have already demonstrated that KUTULU is a perfectly valid Sumerian form for “Man of Kutu.” In fact, it would seem from the index to The Necronomicon Files that Gonce was aware of this, as well, for it contains a reference to Parker Ryan, a gentleman who explored this theme some detail in several postings on occult Web sites, and is a source we referenced ourselves earlier in this book. How ever, although the index contains Parker Ryan’s name, and a reference to Ryan’s work in connection with another book, mysteriously, Gonce does not refer to Ryan’s lengthy exposition of the Sumerian and Arab themes in Lovecraft’s tales I as well as the KUTULU/qhadhulu relationship. Perhaps Mr. Ryan’s exploration of these themes did not sit too well with Mr. Gonce since they tend to reinforce our own theories.

So, what’s up with Parker Ryan?  Why do we not quote him on this topic?  Is this further evidence of our dastardly conspiracy to bury the truth about the Necronomicon?  Check in tomorrow to find out!

Published in: on July 20, 2006 at 9:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

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