Saturday, April 21, 2012

Torisian Structures

[ Scattered notes from "Torisian Craft and Way of Life" Compiled by Alberto J. Almarza April 2012, AA12]

I have finally come to see the greater principle of "harmony-alignment" (Huma Zuma) that Torisians so passionately speak about and praise. Until now, it was to me a hidden-in-plain-sight scenario: so omnipresent so as to become easily granted or entirely disregarded. It has now turned, as they would say, "clear as water". It is, however, as difficult to transmit as always.

Hexagonal Matrix

The question of wether animistic forces (God/s, deities, spirits, etc) or simple biochemical interactions and generalized principles are at work behind the phenomenon of the materialized Torisian Universe, is of little significance to Torisian thought. It is the pattern, structure, vitality and very existence of the phenomenon in itself which is worth "directing the nurturing attention and light of our consciousness." This grants a sense of sacredness to all aspects of Torisian life which they call "Alignment", or Huma Zuma. This is the closest Torisian equivalent to, yet very different from a religion.

I had originally misinterpreted "Humazuma" to be the name of a Deity, since they build structures and sacred sites on its name, and ascribe all kinds of phenomena to it. They also utilize a cultural depiction of HumaZuma in anthropomorphic form, which influenced my mistaken assumption.

[As I wrote in earlier notes: "..Humazuma's domain is that of... flowing water, clay, erosion, vessels, markings and patterns, and certain specific man-made interventions, such as “alignments of things”(in this vague yet accurate definition I unknowingly included architecture). "...also in its domain are odd objects such as sidewalk cracks, flower pots, clotheslines, holes, shadows, and dimensional portals".]

A more current interpretation would embrace all aspects of Torisian life, seeing HumaZuma more as a broad philosophy rather than a God figure. In reality, little of the Torisian collective mind can be broken into separate digestable parts without compromising its fundamentally-integrative nature. However, a facet of a whole may be used to express aspects of its totality.

Perhaps Torisian architecture can be used as a platform to better exemplify and understand these and other wide-encompassing attributes of the Torisian world view.

Cube world in the clouds Cube world 1

In addition to geometric and synergetic principles, Torisian architecture -and landscaping- is guided by the two essential notions of Li and Lai.

Cenit Cenote vessel

Li is most comparable to Feng Shui except it relates specifically to the patterns and forms in nature that are governed by nature's own forces. For example, a torisian stream would most usually be crafted in a meandering path formation, in accordance to water's natural flow. This flow may be complimented by a Cenit Cenote formation: a topographic surface containing a peak and a depression coupled together, such as a mountain and pond. Water then acts as a catalist between the concave and convex topographic areas, defining in turn the elusive morphology of Lai.

Li and Lai Torisian Li and Lai

Lai is a Torisian term to denote both Inside and Outside, merging the two as dual opposites of the same fundamental spatial relations. For example if one is "inside" a space, then the outside is described as Lai or "other space"(and vice versa.) Lai is also used to denote the transition or threshold between open or enclosed spatial areas. The boundary, however, between what is considered "in" and "out" is purposefully diffused in Torisian architecture. I regretfully still lack the technical ability to capture its complex contours.

Li and Lai structures

Just as a newly-formed droplet of water is only transitioning from one state/form to another, Torisian structures are intended to be dynamic rather than fixed. As light permeates, heat is contained, or osmosis occurs within certain structures, so do minerals, plants and animals grow within them and waste/new sources are reconstituted to replenish and sustain the Atmosphere. Hence, natural elements such as water, light, wind, earth, heat, flora/fauna and processes such as genesis, growth, death and decay, are thoughfully harmonized -or aligned- with inanimate sources (stone/sand/glass, mineral/metal/salts, clay/soil/sedimets, fiber, wood, etc) and comprise a substantial part of the Torisian Craft and cosmological structure.


Due to the high Torisian regard for water, Torisian hydrolic technologies have evolved far beyond what I am equiped to understand. During a field study to better map a particular sector of self contained structures and their systemic relationship to Torisian "botanical medicine", I found myself looking closer and studying the Torisian aproach to waterways and liquid storage/disposal. Torisians have developed an elaborate science to extract and convert medicine, food and many other resources from plant, animal and mineral sources using deceptively simple, cyclical methods that in turn feed the living systems back. Some of these methods are self-explanatory, while others are still inexplicable.


On a rainy day, as suggested by a local plumber, I entered a high-peak underground cave that acted as the center water catchment and filtration system for the network. Elaborate passages lead in-and-out of water chambers and ponds, connecting them through steps and ladders, bridges and floating docks. After following an underground river for a while, I came upon a waterfall in the shape of a flattened cube; a square sheet of thin water. I had the idea that perhaps I'd try and walk through it (granted I have official permission from the locals to explore the realm freely).
I went in through the waterfall, thru a hall, into a most strange chamber, part flooded but dry. I was greeted by plenty of daylight coming in, as if permeating in through the cave walls. In the center of the room, a strange conglomerated set of contraptions -and water- hovered before me, in a precarious-seeming state of kinetic balance. And so I came upon a most strange form of Torisian technical craft:
"The Reverse Plumbing of Liquid Cubes"

reversing liquid volumes2

Of this science I know nothing, and I must say the locals stay pretty quiet on the matter themselves. As a new development, I am excited to look into it, but at the same time I now find it annoying and almost absurd. There is nothing in our materials science to account for how something like this could work. I should also explain that the English word "plumbing" is a literal yet inadequate translation for what Torisians regard as Plumbing, which is an ancient yet constantly updated technical craft involving the manipulation of liquid volumes.

reversing liquid volumes1

Over the course of a couple of weeks of study I came to the conclusion that The Reversing of Liquid Volumes is beyond me. As of now, I can only ask how can a liquid cube be consolidated to begin with? I mean, a cube of liquid water is a most puzzling sight, let alone understanding how to manipulate, or "reverse" it. I decided to stick to the basics and was lucky to speak briefly to a fidgety apprentice of "plumbing" about the basic compositional genesis of liquid solids.

Once inside his chamber, He held an irradescent white dust in one hand as he poured an equal part of water into it. Mixing with his index finger, he produced a homogenous transluscent gel, which he shaped into a pebble. He proceded to add small ammounts of water to it inserting a thin tube, in distinct but close intervals. I watched the pebble slowly become a large spherical droplet the size of an orange, somehow as if the water's surface tension had "stretched". For amusement, he continued to add water until the bubble bursted with a splash large enough to soak us both. I detected no smell or other chemical trace.

He further confided that the powder is a refined grain of crystal sand extracted from the beaches of the crystal moon Zalfwonsia. This Crystal powder is said to contain large quantities of diatomic "crystallizations" that appear to house living organisms.
I recall during my first visit to Zalfwonsian beaches being astonished, running my fingers through the crystal sand and watching these large radiolarian-like spheres and granules magnetize and assemble themselves into dynamic and semi-stable alignments, as if mechanically animated, reacting to me. As other living species of Torisia, these diatomacious beings may be enlarged specimens of their younger Earthling diatom relatives, yet they are visibly responsive to stimuli such as interaction with other living creatures, atmospheric changes in light, temperature, etc (compare to Earth Radiolarians.)

Axis Mundi Tuning

For a moment, kneeled upon the sand, I thought I glimpsed through the twirling forms, the shape of something in the likeness of the Axis Mundi.
did I just imagine that?