|From:||Robert Hailman <robert@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, May 3, 2001, 20:48|
daniel andreasson wrote:
> Steg Belsky wrote:
> > > I don't know where the Pimak live, but probably somewhere in
> > > the north east of Canada, or on Greenland. If someone can come
> > > up with a plausible explanation for why they came to use it,
> > > I'll be more than happy. Ook, indeed Robert! Ook. :)
> > Religious reasons?
> Hmm. I didn't plan for them to be overly religious. At least
> not Christians. Rather some kind of nature-worshipping. On
> the other hand, it sure beats my current explanation which is:
> "Well, see... what happened was... at first... *hrrm* ...but
> then... ehh... and suddenly! hmm... Oh, look! An elephant!!!
> Run away! Run away!!!" :)
That beat's my current explanation for why the Ajuk use Cyrillic.
Y'see, the Communist Party of Ajuki Sal came into power for a term, and
made the Cyrillic script the only official one. They were only in power
for one term, but they decreed that near the end of their term, so when
one of the more "mainstream" parties came into power, no one in the
ruling party could read Cyrillic to find away to counteract the law that
made Cyrillic the official script. (which, naturally, was written in
Cyrillic.) By the time enough people could read it to get rid of it, it
had already gained wide acceptance - and people didn't want to switch
*back* to what they were using before, (either a runic or Roman script)
so it just kind of stuck.
How's *that* for implausible? ;-)