The Magic Door - La Porta Magica

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The epitome of a Roman popular piazza, Vittorio Emanuele II Square was, until recently, the site of one of the city's largest markets.
The piazza was created after the unification of Italy when the whole area was redesigned.
Rome's central bakery, central dairy and the national zinc were located here.
In the center, there is a garden and what is left of a fountain built at the time of Emperor Alexander Severus, a water castle fed by two different aqueducts which then flowed into three distribution channels bringing water to different parts of the city.
Nearby is the Porta Magica, all that remains of the entrance to a villa owned by the marquis Massimo Palombara da Pietraforte, one of the most well known 17th century alchemists.
One day, one of his guests, a necromancer, gave him the formula for changing metals into gold but, because he was unable to decipher the formula and he didn't want to lose it, he had it inscribed on the door posts of his villa hoping that someone else would be able to read it.

Tra le più caratteristiche di Roma e sede fino a pochi anni fa di uno dei mercati rionali, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II venne realizzata immediatamente dopo l'Unità d'Italia, a conclusione di una serie di interventi di pubblica utilità che videro sorgere in questa zona la zecca, il panificio e la centrale del latte.
Al centro del giardino sono ancora visibili i resti di una fontana monumentale realizzata da Alessandro Severo.
La fontana aveva funzione di castello d'acqua, raccoglieva le acque di due acquedotti e attraverso tre canali di uscita le ridistribuiva a diverse aree della città.
Accanto alla fontana è la Porta Magica, quanto resta dell'ingresso della Villa sull'Esquilino di proprietà del Marchese Massimo Palombara di Pietraforte, uno dei più famosi alchimisti del Seicento.
Il marchese aveva ricevuto in dono da un negromante, ospite presso la villa, la formula per convertire i metalli in oro.
Non riuscendo a decifrarla la fece incidere sullo stipite della porta perché non andasse perduta, confidando nelle capacità interpretative di altri.

THE MAGIC DOOR - LA PORTA MAGICA
- English
http://roma.freewebpages.org/roma-c20.htm
http://www.levity.com/alchemy/queen_chri...
- Italiano
http://roma.freewebpages.org/romac20i.htm
http://www.levity.com/alchemy/queen_chri...

ALCHEMY WEB SITE
English, Italiano, German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Japanese, Czech
http://www.alchemywebsite.com/index.html

BES
- English
http://www.touregypt.net/godsofegypt/bes...
- Italiano
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bes_(divinit%C3%A0)

Hugsssssss
Katya

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Kathrinn's picture
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Interesting links! Christina was quite a lady for the times in which she lived.

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The figure of that god is very intriguing. Could it be the mythological remnant of modern man's encounters with our extinct cousins the Neandertals, or maybe it's got something to do with the stories of little men that are present in almost all the cultural traditions throughout the globe?

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I think no, I believe that the connection with Neanderthals and little men can be a straining.
Bes is a symbolic character, he is not only a little man but also he have the crown with 5 long plumes, the tail, curved legs, he plays the harp and tambourine, dispels bad dreams and the pains, is connected to the children to the benevolence by his deformity: the deformity is his true peculiarity, he is more similar to the “dwarf-jester” that to just little man.

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Katya

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... But still, the trickester nature of Bes, and his horrendous physical appearance, is intriguing. Maybe it's nothing more than just another example of "evil vs evil" that was used in ancient magic, like wearing the head of the demon Pazuzu as a talisman against evil—The very basis of the book "The Exorcist", BTW ;-)

In Mexico we have the god Tlaloc, which was horrendous too, wearing strange "eyeglasses", a crooked nose and fangs. I once read in a book how a man saw a simmilar creature outside his window as a kid, and scared the bejeezuz out of him because he thought it was the devil. And we have the tradition of the alux among the maya, strange dwarves that liked to abduct women and make other mischiefs.

Is this merely folklore, or is there something more, is what I would lke to know :-)

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