larynx Russian [gortan'] Note that the now obsolete English "guttur" is cognate with the Russian word. We still use "guttural" in linguistic descriptions of certain sounds. (OED VI, 974).
the gesture of arms Writing in 1917 Bely relies upon his memory of the gestures as he had seen them. The art of eurythmy has developed according to later writings and sketches of Rudolf Steiner into a very specific set of gestures for each sound. These are language specific, so that the gesture for a Russian "l" for example may differ from that of the German "l." Sounds and gestures also combine, so the attempt to describe them at any given point captures merely a moment of the motion. The "h" sound begins with the arms extended and then outstretched and upstretched in wonderment for the sound "a."
Illus. 1 Bely did the illustrations himself. I have where appropriate replaced the Russian words with English translations in rendering the illustrations. The sketches for eurythmic movements can, as I have noted above, capture merely a single instant or snapshot of what is a movement "Bewegung."
palate The Russian word for "palate, the roof or ceiling of the mouth" is [n'obo], sometimes nebo [n'ebo]. But [n'ebo] is also the Russian word for "sky, heaven(s), ceiling, roof." This word is related to Indo-European root nebhos "sky, cloud, mist" from which the Latin/English "nebula," German "Nebel," etc. (Mann 830). The English word comes from Latin palatum "The roof of the mouth, palate, . . . [but also] the dome or vault (of heaven), the sky app. in imitation of Gk. ouranos." Oxford Latin Dictionary, 1284). Bely will use this relationship to construct inside of the mouth his own cosmos as the very basis for his Glossolalia.