Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Language, Religion, and an information quest (or somesuch)

From:Dennis Paul Himes <dennis@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 10, 1999, 4:28
Axiem <axiem@...> wrote:
>=20 > Well, I'm not going to get into why, but now I'm trying to come up with > a good word that expresses "God" or a supreme entity, etc, and I was > wondering how all of you came up with that word/words for your =
> if you even have them?
Here is an excerpt from a post I made last December on the same = subject. Before first contact with other sentients the gladifers' conception = of God only existed as a philosophic theory that the universe was created = and/ or designed by an intelligent being. This being was called _nmutsnau_, = from the attribute _nmut_, having roughly the same meaning as the English = prefix _meta_, and _snau_, meaning "intelligent being". Acceptance of this = theory was never very widespread, especially after the Big Bang was discovered, = but it persisted and was familiar to those gladifers with an interest in = philo- sophy. However, it never occurred to its proponents to worship this = being. When gladifers came into contact with other species with human-like gods (including, of course, humans themselves) they applied the name = _nmut- snau_ to those concepts. As with most alien cultural phenomena, there = were some gladifers who adopted the alien religions. They remain a minority, = but for every major human religion there are gladifers who profess it, albeit sometimes in ways strange to their human coreligionists. =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D Dennis Paul Himes <> homepage: Gladilatian page: =20 Disclaimer: "True, I talk of dreams; which are the children of an idle brain, begot of nothing but vain fantasy; which is as thin of substance = as the air." - Romeo & Juliet, Act I Scene iv Verse = 96-99