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Re: Cultural Keywords Revisited.

From:Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>
Date:Sunday, November 28, 1999, 7:42 writes:
> I think there's just something >charged and electric about this kind of language - the kind of >language that on the one hand is intimately human-to-human and on the >other is equally intimately human-to-god. God is really someone you >can fall in love with and talk dirty to!
I also like that interesting dichotomy of it. I think for most fundamentalists in the US at least, using a word that has the meaning of sexual and sensual love to express love for the divine would maybe turn them white! But I feel that for the Saalangal at least, the love one finds in a marriage or with a lover, is equal to a spiritual experience, and spiritual love. Kind of a gift from god(s). An Interesting thing about the word "tal" is that if a married couple uses it to describe their marriage, the marriage is not close anymore, and would be considered as a sign there is a problem in the marriage (or the couple feels they need to go their own ways, but still have a friendly love for eachother). _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- 'The beginning calls for courage; the end demands care'