Music Perpetuates the Sumerian Dodecahedron. Twelve is employed by our key signatures. Not counting enharmonic keys, we basically have twelve; as per the featured picture. Key signatures fit the pattern of the the 12-sided Dodecahedron. Below I will explain how the Sumerians used this figure as they ascribed the overall shape of the Universe to this figure. Are we then allowed to say the Universe is music; or, that the music of the spheres is actually true?
Music Perpetuates – Visiting Samaria For An Ancient Dodecahedron
The Sumerians, like many cultures, had 12 gods. The Israelites used the dodecahronal model but only for its tribes; however, they substituted 12 tribes for deities: One God centered the whole system.
In Sumeria each god was assigned a number. The male deities had numbers 10,20, 30, 40, 50 and 60. The female deities were 5, 10, 15, 25, 35, 45, and 55. We have the following list:
- Male deities: Ishkur/Adud was 10…. Utu/Shamash was 20… Nanna/Sin was 30…Ea/Enki was 4o…Enlil was 50…Anu was 60.
- Female deities: Ninnhursag was 5…Iaanna/Ishtar was 15. ..Ningal was 25… Niaki was 35…Ninlil was 45…Antu was 55.
In effect the numbers, which grow by fives, define the 5 vertices of each of the 12 pentagons. The pentagons have opposite pentagons; so we can ascribe male versus female to them. In music we have a similar situation: Not counting enharmonic, we can postulate 6 sharp and 6 flat key signatures.
Look at the wide span covered by the dates of its use:
- The 12 primary key signatures of the circle of fifths became prevalent in the 18th century.
- A dodecahedron’s parallel to the 12 tribes of Israel was officially established in Israel about 1,000 B.C.
- 12 Sumerian gods came about 4,000 B.C.
Plato, in his writings was merely reiterating an already ancient tradition at the time he was alive.
Enjoy this youtube video from our most recent musical. Blogger David is seated at the piano.