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May 6

Blinman, Australia

Hongsedaunt

Past Blinman, past the end of the asphalt, in the majesty of the Flinders Ranges, on the Sheep Station of Oratunga, you will come upon three stone markers by the road 

Created by Geographer-at-Large Eames Demetrios, Kcymaerxthaere is a “parallel universe that intersects with much of our linear Earth, but with different stories, creatures, peoples, even laws of physics and qualities of existence.”  It has been likened to a novel with every page in a different place. What makes the Kcymaerxthaere project particularly interesting is that Demetrios installs informative markers and historical sites at the locations in our world that connect to his world, creating real world intersections with his imagined universe.For the months of August and September, 2014, Demetrios acted as our first ever Geographer-in-Residence and his Kcymaerxthaere locations continue to be featured all over the Atlas. To learn more see our introductory article here

Driving along Glass Gorge Road at a particularly sharp turn you will see a turnout area that is quite big. There you will see one of the stone markers. This one honors hongsedaunt, which is the plural of hongsedaun (or “interpreter village”).

In Kcymaerxthaereal times, what we call the Flinders Ranges was covered by several lichen gwomes (gwome is a cognate word that means “footprint of the nation”). Lichen gwomes were quite subtle but sophisticated cultures that enjoyed their anonymity tremendously.  Lichen poetry and maps were legendary for their beauty–and impenetrability for the uninitiated. In fact, lichen maps often showed the future if you knew how to read them. But the language was so difficult to read it would take an interpreter a lifetime to learn a single word. As a result, interpreter villages formed near the most important lichen gwomes (and this was by no means a simply local phenomenon, hongsedaunt existed all around what we call the world).  Ultimately most were destroyed in the aftermath of the Battle of Some Times.

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Off Glass Gorge Road, north of Blinman, in Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia

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