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Mayan poetry translated into English, French, Latin and Hittite = poésie mayanne traduite en français, latin et hittite  

a special post to honour Daniel de França's beautiful contribution/
un poste spécial en l'honneur de la belle contribution de Daniel de França...   


original Mayan poem in Mayan and Spanish:

Matthew 7:7 (New Testament):

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.





English

You will go to school.
You will not be empty-headed.
You will cross the threshold of your imagination
going all the way into your own house
without having to knock on the door.

français :

Vous irez à l'école.
Vous ne serez pas écervelé.
Vous franchirez le seuil de ton imagination
et vous irez jusqu'au bout et vous entrerez chez toi
sans même devoir frapper à la porte.

Spanish:

See the Mayan poem above, followed by it in Spanish and then in English.

Latin:

Scholae operam dabitis.
Non eritis ineptus.
Ingrediemini domum cogitationis
et ibitis procul et in domum tuum intrabitis
neque ostium pulsare debebitis.

Translation:

You will devote your work to school.
You will not be empty-headed.
You will enter the home of your imagination
and you will go all the way and you will enter your home
and you will not have to knock on the door.  

Hittite (3,500 BCE):

Hatrai istamasteni.
Httatan harteni.
Teshus istamasteni.
Appezziyan tarhuteni appezziyan paitteni parnant
appezziyan askan siyateni.


Literally:

You will learn to count.
You will have wisdom.
You will learn your dreams. 
Afterwards you will win (and) afterwards you will go to your house
afterwards you will open the door.

NOTES:
1. There is no future tense in Hittite. So the text actually reads:

You learn to count.
You have wisdom.
You learn your dreams. 
Afterwards you win (and) afterwards you go to your house
afterwards you open the door.

2. The Hittites never focused on stupidity, which they believed was beneath them, but instead honoured wisdom.

3. There was no word for “imagination”. The Hittites learned from their dreams, which they considered sacred.

4. Once again, the Hittites did not focus on obligation, but instead described positively what they meant. So to them it meant so little to have to knock on the door when all you had to do was to open it.

Richard Vallance

© by/ par Richard Vallance 2020


Senryu – lotus illuminated = lotus illuminé


Senryu – lotus illuminated = lotus illuminé

Bahá’i temple  
all humankind lotus
illuminated

senryu bahai temple

temple Bahá’i 
l’humanité lotus
illuminé

Richard Vallance

Set in the Andean foothills, just beyond Santiago, Chile, the Bahá’i Temple of South America is a domed, luminous structure echoing the rolling typography of the mountains where it is located.

This senryu is based on the famous quote of Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), founder of the Bahá’i religion, whose name means “The Glory of God”, as follows:The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.”  

What is a senryu? 

A Senryu (also called human haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. A Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions, or a Japanese poem similar in structure to haiku, but more concerned with human nature, and is often humorous or satiric -- usually in three lines of seventeen kana.   This senryu is concerned with human emotion, or more accurately, human spirituality. It is not meant to be humorous or satirical. Unlike haiku, senryu do not contain season words = kigo. 

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