Tripping in Burqu - Flipando en Burqu

by R Kuerbovich June. 10, 2021 474 views
La zona de Burqu es un enorme desierto de basalto donde hay abundantes pozas de agua todo el año // The Burqu area is a huge basalt desert where there are abundant pools of water all year round.

La zona de Burqu es un enorme desierto de basalto donde hay abundantes pozas de agua todo el año // The Burqu area is a huge basalt desert where there are abundant pools of water all year round.

Hace unos meses pasé un par de noches en el castillo de Burqu, en el oeste de Jordania, haciendo fotos y tomando MDMA (noche 1) y LSD (noche 2). En las dos ocasiones me hicieron pensar en un par de clásicos de la literatura de fantasía, quizás influenciado por los diferentes efectos de las substancias...?

Las fotos de este post se acompañan con un refrito de textos de estos dos autores

A few months ago I spent a couple of nights at Burqu Castle in western Jordan taking photos and MDMA (night 1) and LSD (night 2). On both occasions they made me think of a couple of classics of fantasy literature, perhaps influenced by the different effects of the substances...?

The photos in this post are accompanied by a rehash of texts by these two authors.

Night 1 - Lovecraft & MDMA

Beasts cannot swim. At length, when the ghouls were satisfied that all the night-gaunts had left for Sarkomand and the Great Abyss with their doomed burdens, the galley put back into the harbour betwixt the grey headlands; and all the hideous company landed and roamed curiously over the denuded rock

Beasts cannot swim. At length, when the ghouls were satisfied that all the night-gaunts had left for Sarkomand and the Great Abyss with their doomed burdens, the galley put back into the harbour betwixt the grey headlands; and all the hideous company landed and roamed curiously over the denuded rock

Odours of incense came to match the golden notes; and overhead a great light dawned, its colours changing in cycles unknown to earth’s spectrum. Torches flared in the distance, and the beat of drums throbbed nearer amidst waves of tense expectancy

Odours of incense came to match the golden notes; and overhead a great light dawned, its colours changing in cycles unknown to earth’s spectrum. Torches flared in the distance, and the beat of drums throbbed nearer amidst waves of tense expectancy

The solid rock now gave place to the giant foundations of the monstrous castle, and it seemed that the speed of the party was somewhat abated. Vast walls shot up, and there was a glimpse of a great gate through which the voyagers were swept

The solid rock now gave place to the giant foundations of the monstrous castle, and it seemed that the speed of the party was somewhat abated. Vast walls shot up, and there was a glimpse of a great gate through which the voyagers were swept

Vaster and vaster loomed the tenebrous towers of the nighted castle above, and Carter could see that it was well-nigh blasphemous in its immensity. Well might its stones have been quarried by nameless workmen, for such was its size that a man on its threshold stood even as an ant on the steps of ear

Vaster and vaster loomed the tenebrous towers of the nighted castle above, and Carter could see that it was well-nigh blasphemous in its immensity. Well might its stones have been quarried by nameless workmen, for such was its size that a man on its threshold stood even as an ant on the steps of ear

Noche 2 - Borges y LSD

"Con el andar del tiempo vino a su corte un rey de los árabes, y el rey de Babilonia (para hacer burla de la simplicidad de su huésped) lo hizo penetrar en el laberinto, donde vagó afrentado y confundido hasta la declinación de la tarde. Entonces imploró el socorro divino y dio con la puerta. Sus labios no profirieron queja ninguna, pero le dijo al rey de Babilonia que él en Arabia tenía un laberinto mejor, y que si Dios era servido, se lo daría a conocer algún día. Luego regresó a Arabia, juntó sus capitanes y sus alcaides y estragó los reinos de Babilonia con tan venturosa fortuna que derribó sus castillos, rompió sus gentes e hizo cautivo al mismo rey. Lo amarró encima de un camello veloz y lo llevó al desierto. Cabalgaron tres días, y le dijo: «¡Oh rey del tiempo y sustancia y cifra del siglo!, en Babilonia me quisiste perder en un laberinto de bronce con muchas escaleras, puertas y muros; ahora el Poderoso ha tenido a bien que te muestre el mío, donde no hay escaleras que subir, ni puertas que forzar, ni fatigosas galerías que recorrer, ni muros que te veden el paso».

"As time went on, a king of the Arabs came to his court, and the king of Babylon (to mock the simplicity of his guest) made him enter the labyrinth, where he wandered in disgrace and confusion until the decline of the afternoon. Then he implored divine help and found the door. His lips uttered no complaint, but he told the king of Babylon that he in Arabia had a better labyrinth, and that if God were willing, he would one day make it known to him. Then he returned to Arabia, gathered together his captains and his governors, and ravaged the kingdoms of Babylon with such good fortune that he overthrew its castles, broke its people, and made the king himself a captive. He tied him on a swift camel and led him into the desert. They rode three days, and he said to him: "O king of time and substance and number of ages, in Babylon you wanted to lose me in a labyrinth of bronze with many stairs, doors and walls; now the Mighty One has been pleased to show you mine, where there are no stairs to climb, nor doors to force, nor weary galleries to go through, nor walls to bar your way.

"Así llegó a un inmenso castillo, en cuyo frontispicio estaba grabado: "A nadie pertenezco, y a todos; antes de entrar, ya estabas aquí; quedarás aquí, cuando salgas".

"Thus he arrived at an immense castle, on the frontispiece of which was engraved: "I belong to no one, and to all; before entering, you were already here; you will remain here, when you leave".

"El universo (que otros llaman la Biblioteca) se compone de un número indefinido, y tal vez infinito, de galerías hexagonales, con vastos pozos de ventilación en el medio, cercados por barandas bajísimas. Desde cualquier hexágono se ven los pisos inferiores y superiores: interminablemente (...) En el zaguán hay un espejo, que fielmente duplica las apariencias. Los hombres suelen inferir de ese espejo que la Biblioteca no es infinita (si lo fuera realmente ¿a qué esa duplicación ilusoria?); yo prefiero soñar que las superficies bruñidas figuran y prometen el infinito... La luz procede de unas frutas esféricas que llevan el nombre de lámparas. Hay dos en cada hexágono: transversales. La luz que emiten es insuficiente, incesante."

"The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite, and perhaps infinite, number of hexagonal galleries, with vast ventilation shafts in the middle, enclosed by very low railings. From any hexagon one can see the lower and upper floors: endlessly (...) In the hallway there is a mirror, which faithfully duplicates the appearances. Men usually infer from this mirror that the Library is not infinite (if it really were, why this illusory duplication?); I prefer to dream that the polished surfaces appear and promise infinity... The light comes from spherical fruits called lamps. There are two in each hexagon: transverse. The light they emit is insufficient, incessant."

Resultado del experimento: es mucho más difícil sacar fotos puesto de LSD que de MDMA // Result of the experiment: it is much more difficult to take photos high on LSD than on MDMA.

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Tsao T-F 16 hours ago

I am very happy that you have a great trip. It is a very wide world, which made people think about the land & the universe. There is a beautiful night sky also. Did you make a wish when the meteor appeared #9?star2

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R Kuerbovich Replied to Tsao T-F 13 hours ago

I spent many hours looking at the sky that night, lots of shooting stars, lots of wishes, lots of emotions. Maybe only one thought: when looking at the calm waters of the lake that were reflecting the stars, I realized that sometimes the best way to understand things is not to look at them directly, because they are too complicated to understand, but to their reflection, that "cleans" the visual pollution

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Antonio Gil 2 days, 13 hours ago

LOL with your last remark. Case study. Amazing post my friend

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R Kuerbovich Replied to Antonio Gil 1 day, 16 hours ago

thanks António. Curiosity is the mother of science, some people say...smile

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Camellia Staab 3 days, 5 hours ago

Quite interesting post. Really nice captures of the area and the sky/lighting.

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R Kuerbovich Replied to Camellia Staab 2 days, 14 hours ago

Thanks Camellia!

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Rachele Schneekloth 4 days ago

Very surprising and original post. Thank you!

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R Kuerbovich Replied to Rachele Schneekloth 2 days, 14 hours ago

Thank to you for your nice comment Rachele

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Jay Boggess 4 days, 6 hours ago

Wonderfully creative captures of this mysterious country!

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R Kuerbovich Replied to Jay Boggess 3 days, 17 hours ago

Hey Jay, glad you liked the post. Thanks for the comment and for all the pics you starred! Cheers amigo!

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Jay Boggess Replied to R Kuerbovich 1 day, 23 hours ago

My pleasure! 
THANK YOU!smile

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Sergio Orsanigo 4 days, 6 hours ago

Fascinating Synesthesia! Images flow into the Universe and vice versa. Spirit permeates the whole (lo Spirito permea il tutto)... "Thus he arrived at an immense castle, on the frontispiece of which was engraved: "I belong to no one, and to all; before entering, you were already here; you will remain here, when you leave". Kudos!

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R Kuerbovich Replied to Sergio Orsanigo 3 days, 17 hours ago

Hi Sergio! Thank you very much for this nice comment. Burqu is indeed a rare and synesthesic place! Glad you enjoyed the reading

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Francesc 4 days, 14 hours ago

Interesantes fotos y texto....Feliz fin de semana!!!!

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R Kuerbovich Replied to Francesc 4 days, 10 hours ago

Muchas gracias! Feliz fin de semana!

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Craig Casterline 4 days, 15 hours ago

Very interesting connection of photos to literature. Nicely done.

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R Kuerbovich Replied to Craig Casterline 4 days, 15 hours ago

Thanks Craig; it was just the matter of using the right stimuli

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