South American Pictographs.

‘South American Pictographs’ is one of the books found in the library of the museum.


This dirty yellow book by Sibyl Waterston contains explanations of various South American Pictographs, the same ones used by the Zapana. It's full title, according to the first page is A Cryptographer‘s Attempt At Deciphering Ancient South American Pictographs. It was written prior to 1980.

Contents of the bookEdit

Page 1
Symbol for fire.
Page 2-3
Symbol for water or rain water.
Indian iconography is interesting. It is easy to see the bee hovering over the beeswax in this symbol for wax.
Symbol for ceremonial ashes.
Symbol for thunder and lightning.
Page 6-7
Symbol for cloth or reeds.
The symbol shown here is for all types of metal work.
Using the form 'te' for tree and the glyph for 'he died', creates 'dead tree'.
Symbol for crystals.
Page 18-19
Symbol for sand or earth.
Symbol for burning water. It would be assumed that this would include petroleum produand oil.
Symbol for jade.
Symbol for stone.


This book is, like the Black Book, one of the most important books located in the museum. It gives one the clue on which element a found Ixupi vessel is for. Each of the following pictographs is found on one of the vessels. However, three of these are not needed, since those Ixupi have left the museum, after killing Professor Windlenot, Beth Ann Nelson and Merrick Campbell.


Since only thirteen images are viewed in the book, it could be assumed that those are the only vessels in the museum, but since beyond page 1, there are two images per page, and the last page we see in page 19, one can make an educated guess on the maximum number of Ixupi that plagued and eventually captured by the people of Zapana. Assuming three facts: 1) each page after the first page has two pictures, 2) there is no break in the pictures, and 3) the last page is 19, the number of Ixupi that were initially captured is 37, and since one Ixupi has apparently killed the past owners of the vessels, that means 27 Ixupi are loose in the world, including the Jade Ixupi, the Fire Ixupi, and the Stone Ixupi. The elements linked to these other Ixupi are unknown, if the assumptions are correct.

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