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Professor Jaap van Till

29 Aug 2014

C5 “Alphabets of Life”: great book about our common cultural roots

I recommend you read this amazing book about alphabet characters and languages by genius librarian Kim Veltman: charting the common roots of our culture. Characters are components of languages which Dr. Veltman, director of the Virtual McLuhan Institute in Maastricht, collected during years of research the basic alphabets and their cosmologies from the Shamans, China, India, Central Asia, The Middle East, Greece and Europe. Yes we have common roots and similar belief systems.

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Salil Subedi

Nepali Digeridoo Player, Kathmandu

27 Jun 2014


What is this book? Amama.. Amazing! The entire ‘being’ and the origin of cosmos mapped out in the patterns, curves, twists and curls of ‘alphabets'… My first reflection about the book is that I felt how higher conscious beings have always tried to communicate to us through those codes and patterns which we gave a nomenclature to them as 'languages and texts'… Only a genius mind could dream of such level of communications and of the book; equally bear the ability to manifest it in real to gift it for us the dwellers of this planet so that we are more able to understand our surrounding, the plants, animals, biospheres, the universe… how we are connected to each and everything as one..alpha and beta…

At the moment, my readership is the size of an ant travelling on this gigantic planet of this highly charged energy book… and I want to read on… and recharge myself…

Sarfraz Ali Kiyani

Assistant Professor, FAST National University

24 Jun 2014

Must read

Conspiracy theories have always been an intriguing subject for the mankind, inspiring authors, fiction writers and even historians to write about them. Kim H. Veltman has done a splendid job in his book 9 and 11 by exploring history as it happened and the way it was communicated to the society. As I started reading the book, I was expecting a narrative of the American 9/11 and many myths associated with it. However, as I read through I was captivated and enthralled at the sheer beauty and simplicity with which the writer had taken us through a history tour to signify the important incidents happened on the date 9/11 in various parts of the world, leading to major geographical and political changes in the world.

And it does not end here, accompanied with the historical narrative, the writer has also reflected upon how the current events are weaving their way to bigger future events that will undoubtedly change everything about our world. A treat for History students and lovers..Must read!

Willard Van De Bogart

12 May 2014

Inspiring book

Alphabets of Life by Kim Veltman is nothing short of a complete analysis of how it is the human race began to communicate. The book represents a lifetime of work analyzing how language developed, how letters and symbols grew out of observing the cosmos and how all languages were transmitted around the world. For anyone interested in the symbolic representation of signs and symbols as a way to convey the earliest interpretation of how humanity began its long ascent into the binary codes which define our digital way of communicating today, Veltman’s presentation of the history of the alphabet is unquestionably the most definitive and complete expression of how language evolved.

Most significantly is Veltman’s presentation of the old Slavic language which began by interpreting the forces of nature through movement and audible expressions, which unfortunately are lost forever in the depths of pre-history. However, what we can see through Veltman’s eyes is the similarity of all languages with using comparative language tables showing the roots and sources of those languages. Veltman also shows the development of language and how languages not only migrated from Europe but also migrated from Asia and over the millennia formed the diversity of expression that we know of today. Sanskrit and its earlier form of Brahmi began to merge with other ancient languages of Mesopotamia with the birth of cultures such as Persia, Harrapa and Egypt. Each symbol of expression whether it be a Rune, cosmogram or pictogram conveyed ideas which are still embedded in our ancestral genes that can be seen expressed in weavings and art forms around the world, which define the heritage of every culture.

Alphabets of Life is more than a basic understanding of the ABC’s but a look into the origins of the universe and how the moon and stars helped us find our way in life as a species. After reading Alphabets of Life a much deeper appreciation for the spoken and written word will become apparent as well as recognizing a deep sense of loss that the diversity the ancient languages offered in interpreting our place in the universe. But Alphabets of Life as a whole is an inspiring book for it shows us a sense of knowing that we are part of a much larger universe that our languages provide us than we ever thought possible. In that sense Veltman has unlocked the message of the origins of life by showing us how every shape and every utterance, based on the shape of those letters, harkens back to our origins as a species.


Nino Nien

Professional Translator, Maastricht

23 Apr 2014

Journey through various time layers of symbols and alphabets

It was through a friend of my late father’s that I got acquainted with Kim Veltman in August 2004 at a dinner party in Maastricht. To this day, I am grateful for this acquaintance, for I would not have wanted to miss for the world what Kim has to tell it in his great book on alphabets.

Being a translator myself, I have always taken great interest in the origin of words and symbols. Like any child, I suppose, I too felt estranged from the Chinese, Japanese and Arabic ‘symbols’, but I also felt very attracted to these strange signs that introduced me to another world. Later on, when I studied Arabic myself, it became more familiar, of course, but in order to learn any alphabet that is not one’s own, one should have a keen interest in exploring ‘new’ language systems.

In his book, Kim takes us on a journey through various time layers of symbols and alphabets, most of which I had never heard of. The official stories about the origin of alphabets are challenged and after reading the book one may well revise one’s views on alphabets altogether. Things are much more complicated than we have been led to believe and yet, there is so much that binds us in terms of etymology and symbols. I always say if we were meant to speak only one or two languages, why are there more than 6,500 of them? After reading Kim’s book, I will never look at an ornate gate or piece of embroidery with the same eyes again. I will always think that they have very ancient stories to tell us.

Willard van de Bogart

Language Institute, Bangkok University, Bangkok

30 Mar 2014


This has to be a must read….What you have amassed, synthesized and illustrated is more than educational, it's enlightening…..

Do you have plans for a hard copy? Magnificent.