Re: Alien Conlang
|From:||Dave Rutan <rutan3@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 2:27|
I'm thinking the breehah would consider it literature or wisdom from
more of the kahpuib'ludoi, (silly humans.) I haven't tried to throw
Christianity into the universe, but there's room for a lot of stuff.
Roger Mills wrote:
> Mark Reed wrote:
>> What's "best" depends entirely on the cultural context. If I recall
>> correctly, the Klingon Bible Translation Project assumes human
>> missionaries - in that case, there was also established contact
>> between the aliens and the humans, and the language already has words
>> for "Earth", "human", etc. Nevertheless, if the intent is to win
>> alien converts to a religion, it might be best not to translate things
>> in a human-biased way. :)
> This problem always arose when I considered translating bits of the Bible
> into Kash, who are not physically "Homo Sapiens", though they correspond in
> most other ways-- upright, bilateral symmetry, sentient, speaking, call
> themselves by a term that can be translated as "human" etc. etc. About the
> only part they'd be sympathetic to would be the Genesis Creation story, but
> everything thereafter wouldn't gibe with their belief that, having
> created/set in motion the Universe and all things in it, the First
> Cause/Power/Mind/Deity?/whatever no longer takes any interest in it, and
> certainly does not guide, influence, or in any way intervene in the affairs
> of one measly planet or one special people. The Spirits supposedly do, of
> course, but they aren't "gods", having power only in their particular
> Adaptations might work-- perhaps in the Babel story, it could be the Sky
> Spirit who's offended at the intrusion into his domain.
> Further, lacking the concept of Original Sin, they don't feel the need for
> redemption. I think missionaries would be quite frustrated among the Kash.
> They might have some luck amongst the Gwr, if they don't mind cold weather.
Pu Poetor jai'her hi'nar dai Par bin Pard Groemark'muluin'mig, bah dai
nah boeke bahgarp'Par'ku moif'foi, hu mef'regreeg. (Jn 3:16 in Breehah)