Using Knotted Cords for Memory (Quipu, etc.)

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#1 18 May, 2011 - 08:27
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Using Knotted Cords for Memory (Quipu, etc.)


I found this interesting blog post about using knotted cords for memory in some cultures:
http://acravan.blogspot.com/2011/05/mnemotechnic-knotted-cords.html

All detailed knowledge of the use of knotted cords in China has been entirely lost, but we can easily understand that it was a mnemotechnic method of remembering data of various kinds and communicating ideas. The same practice prevailed in ancient Peru as well as among the islanders of Oceania, and seems to have been common all over the globe among peoples of a primitive civilisation.

Here's a Wikipedia page with some more information:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quipu

There is also a little bit of information on Google Books.

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