"The Chains Of Verekna"

"The Elegy Yantra"

"Elegy Configuration" - photograph - Max Lichtor 2001 

The Elegy Configuration is LeMarchand's reproduction of a Indonesian Yantra  (of the same name)
created by unknown craftsmen in the late bronze age (2500 BC).

 LeMarchand had a fascination with artifacts of antiquity and it is no secret
that he "borrowed" many of his designs from already infamous sources.

"Elegy Configuration" - photograph - Max Lichtor 2001

A Yantra is a hinduistic religious instrument said to have a life of its own.
They are said to be Deva/Devi  (Gods/Goddesses) in geometrical or patterned form.

LeMarchand had studied these devices during the time of his first puzzle box creation,
"The Lament Configuration".  The influence of the yantra can be seen in nearly all of his
puzzle box creations.


"Infernal Machine"   Dan McNeil  2002

LeMarchand's earliest entries in his journal mention a artifact simply known as the
"Sri Yantra". ("the beautiful instrument")

It is believed that he had this yantra shipped from India to Paris sometime previous
to his work on intricate "singing bird" music boxes. (1747)

 It was the study of the patterns found inscribed upon this yantra that prompted his search for
other geometrical art, including the long lost yantra of antiquity - Elegy.


The Sri Yantra

He wrote the following entries in his personal journal
concerning the birch wood cube - Sri Yantra:

"...Yantras are the geometrical form of a divinity in the tantrik tradition.
The point or bindu  at the center, generally represents the deity.
The triangles represent the active and passive aspects of the deity.
Triangles are often surrounded by enclosing circles and a group
of petals, in which are the attendants of the Devis or Devas.
Finally, the whole is often enclosed in a bhupura
a word which means earth-city.
These are the enclosing walls, fenced by the guardians
of the directions and the intermediate directions (dikpalas)"

"...A Yantra is only truly vitalized when it is engraved with the bija and other
mantras and surrounded with the matrikas, or letters of the Sanskrit alphabet.
Before use, it must be instilled with life."

"...the Yantra should be placed on a pedestal (pitha),
and bathed with the substances previously described, whilst the
appropriate root mantra is recited.  One should then offer
scent and flowers, and should worship the appropriate Devi
in the usual form within the yantra.  This all should be done at night."

- The Journal of Philip LeMarchand -



"Elegy Configuration" - photograph - Max Lichtor 2001



In 1748, after completing his study of  the Sri Yantra, LeMarchand began research on the "Elegy Yantra"
who's origins dated back some four thousand years.


 "Elegy Configuration" - photograph - Max Lichtor 2001

This yantra was designed to hold the essence of Verekna - "Prince of the mind"
a powerful Deva of Indonesian origin who held the principle power of deception. 


"...Verekna's ninety-nine gibbering mouths
yammer lies incessantly."

A Guide to Ancient Mythology -  Dr. J. Julian, 1943


"Elegy Configuration" - photograph - Max Lichtor 2001

The Elegy Yantra had been aquired by Arab merchants who had landed in
North Sumatra in 846 AD to spread Islam.


The Knights Templar

Transferring ownership to the Knights Templar (via the Crusades) in the thirteenth century,
"The Chains of Verekna" ( its name given by a Muslim sect ) was passed around from aristocracy
to aristocracy until it came to rest in the secretive clutches of the Masonic Lodge.

It is believed that Philip LeMarchand had access to a Masonic library located in Paris in 1748.
There he completed his research into the mysteries of the Elegy Yantra.
It is not known whether he was privy to the yantra itself, or just to documents detailing
its origins, uses, and most importantly its geometric surface designs.

There are indeed rumors to this day of charcoal etchings of LeMarchand's
manufacture that detail the Elegy Yantra's designs, circulating as art
in northern Europe.


Elegy Yantra - charcoal etching, Philip LeMarchand 1748

In 1749, LeMarchand  re-produced the Elegy Yantra as his third box construct.

"Elegy Configuration" - photograph - Max Lichtor 2001  

At this point, LeMarchand had murdered twenty-nine people.


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