Despair and Hope

Nuremberg Chronicles c. 1493

"Nuremberg Chronicle Woodcuts" (c. 1493)
The above woodcut depicts omens fulfilled by the Chornobyl (Chernobyl in Russian) disaster - a rain of fire of burning radioactivity - poisoned bitter  waters (which negate the good omen of a rainbow associated with Iris) - dramatic malformations (conjoined twins) - such coincidences of myths and reality impressed religious believers that the disaster is a divine retribution for the failed manipulations and incompetent hubris of Soviet technocrats. Such believers can cite the Bible.

"... and the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star ... burning ...
it fell upon ... the fountains of waters ...
the star is called Wormwood ...
many men died of the waters because they were made bitter ..."

(Revelation 8:10)

The above is one of many woodcuts illustrating the Nuremberg Chronicle printed in 1493 in Nurermberg as "Liber Chronicorum" that speaks of the Creation, the Deluge and subsequent events.  The publisher and printer was Anton Koberger, the godfather of Albrecht Durer. Koberger had printing presses in Nurember, Lyon, Budapest and other locations. The woodcuts are by the workshop of Micael W Olgemut and his stepson Wilhelm Pleydenwurff made in 1487-1478.

Conjoined twins is a rare anomaly but it is more frequent in Rivne Province of Ukraine than anywhere in Europe. This woodcut also shows one of the twins holding a twig - perhaps it is Artemisa Absinthium or Wormwood which turns waters bitter as does radiation. In Ukrainian, wormwood is called Chornobyl - perhaps the Ukrainians renamed the Vladimir Lenin Nuclear Power Complex site as Chornobyl to remind Bolsheviks of their failed hubris and maleficence.
Conjoined Thoraco-pagus Twins
Conjoined twins ("Siamese twins") at the chest (Thoraco-pagus). For nomenclature and other comments follow the links provided.
Conjoined Rachi-pagus twins
"Siamese Twins" are always identical (monozygotic) and some can survive depending on what internal congenital malformations are present. International Radiation authorities sustain rather dogmatically that the Chornobyl disaster can not be the cause of "detectable" birth defects, a premise that justifies their ongoing opposition to those who would investigate such a matter.

Another frequent anomaly in Rivne, Ukraine by the ionizing Chornobyl radiation that is more frequent than in the rest of Europe is Acephaly - Anencephaly
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