It’s always fun to decode secret messages. Especially if that secret message was written by a 17th-century nun who claimed to have had it dictated by the devil himself. Sounds like a scene from a movie, but it actually happened.
A coded letter that was written by a nun living in 17th-century Italy has finally been deciphered by scientists. This letter was claimed to have been dictated by the Devil himself and using a code breaking software we can now know what it says.
It’s been said that Sister Maria Crocifissa della Concezione woke up after fainting to find several letter she had penned in an unintelligible mix of ancient scripts. Along with others, Sister Maria believed that the letters were a scheme by Lucifer to convince her to turn away from God.
According to Indy100, in the 1960s, the monastery offered a month-long vacation to anyone who could translate the message.
For centuries no one could translate it. Until a software came along that could do something that humans simply could not.
Director of the Ludum Science Center, Daniele Abate, told the Times: “We heard about the software, which we believe is used by intelligence services for codebreaking”.
He continued, “We primed the software with ancient Greek, Arabic, the Runic alphabet de-scramble some of the letter and show that it really is devilish”.
It only took about 341 years for researchers from the Ludum Science Center in Sicily to unscramble the letter. So what exactly did this letter say?
Scientists had concluded that the letters were a jumble of languages composed and written by Sister Maria herself. Apparently she’d become a skilled linguist during her time.
The letters describe the relationship between humans, God and Satan in an inconsistent manner according to Times of Israel. It says, “God think he can free mortals. This system works for no one.”
It also described God, Jesus and the HOly Spirit as “dead weights”. After looking at the contents of the letter, scientists believe that the Sister may have been schizophrenic.
Abate told The Times, “I personally believe that the nun had a good command of languages, which allowed her to invent the code, and may have suffered from a condition like schizophrenia”
She continued, noting “…this made her imagine dialogues with the Devil. That has not stopped numerous interested Satanic sects contacting me since I published our findings.”
Abate also told Italian news, “Each symbol is well thought out and structured, there are signs that are repeated, perhaps an intentional and unconscious initiative.”
Apparently life in the monastery was fairly stressful so it wouldn’t be surprising for nuns to perhaps lose a bit of their sanity. Regardless, this is a pretty interesting finding!