Re: The Gort (or Klaatu) Fan Club
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 95 17:53:21 -0700
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: Re: The Gort (or Klaatu) Fan Club
From: Daniel Steinberg <email@example.com>
Well, this just demonstrates that "Klaatu Barada Nikto" is not merely a
quotation from a 50's movie, but is really in the collective unconscious.
With a little digging, i was able to unearth these references that pre-date
The Day The Earth Stood Still:
from "The Revolutionary War Revisited"
... After much deliberation, it was decided that Paul Revere would
spread the warning of the arrival of the British troops. The signal
was to be "Klaatu Barada Nicto" [sic], but it became clear that a
more complex code was required in order to differentiate between
a land-based and sea-based invasion, and thus the famous lantern
signal ("one if by land, two if by sea") was chosen.
from "Witchcraft Through History"
Of the evening's events little is known, save for the following
account that was recorded in the town record:
Guinelda Parsimon was burned this night laste before the
witness of mayor and townsfolk. Her rantings and ravings
she bore forthe until the fires consumed her. Such terryble
curses she cried out, invoking the names of her trio of devyls:
Klaatu, Barada, and Nikto.
from Egyptology Magazine, June 1933, page 47
Recent translations of the hieroglyphs on the walls of
chamber 173-A suggest a warding ritual whose purpose
seems to be to protect the inner rooms from the spirits
of vanquished enemies. Though many of the hieroglyphs
are recognizable, several hitherto unknown glyphs have
been identified. Professor Saheem has not yet translated
them fully, but is reasonably convinced that they would have
been pronounced: Kla-too Ba-ra-da Nik-tow
from Painted Earth: Sioux Legends
Then Crow spoke, and when he spoke, all listened. "Klaatu!"
he said, and the earth was made. "Barada!" and the waters
spread about the earth. "Nikto!" and the sky embraced the
earth. But the earth was cold and dark, so Coyote called
out "Gort!" and the sun was made.
© 1995 Peter Langston