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    Beya and Gabricus: Erotic Imagery in German Alchemy

    An early German alchemical text in which the spirit and body were gender swapped.

    https://www.academia.edu/25774596/_B...erman_Alchemy_

    The first printed text of German alchemy, Rosarium Philosophorum (published in 1550, but written one to two centuries earlier) has an account of the incestuous union of a brother and sister named Gabricus and Beya. In the alchemical allegory, they represent body and spirit, respectively, and their union produces the soul that holds them together.

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    I have an internet friend, a German man. He is now in graduate school studying nuclear engineering but his hobby is alchemy. Alchemists back in the day could have been anyone, from any station in life. They did not want to be judged by that station so they gave themselves alchemical names. My friend has such an alchemical name.

    Being a real scientist, he is not seeking to turn lead to gold or find the philosopher's stone. He works on life extension. In fact, he works on immortality. He has studied countless old texts from Europe, Indian texts, Chinese ideas, and so on. But as a scientist he has his own ideas, very unique ideas. For instance, be believes the energetic basis of life is not the oxidation of food in the mitrochondria but on the contrary it is fueled by the nuclear decay. Certain types of nuclear decay may actually produce a kind of life force.

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