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Re: Hangkerim proverbs, translation exercise.

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Saturday, April 3, 1999, 17:08
Carlos Thompson <chlewey@...> wrote:
>=20 > After being asked about my signature with Hangkerim proverbs, I would > propose as a translation exercise. This is part of the Book of Life > (R=FAm=EEh=EBp=FBng), one of the three sacred books of the Hangkerim re=
> besides the Book of Miths (R=FAk=E1h=EBp=FBng) and the Book of Rites > (L=E1mz=EFh=EBp=FBng).
> The concept of happiness (YI~ME^) includes internal peace and being one > with the universe, a more freely translation would be: >=20 > Being a leader will make you and the people around you happy.
This is difficult because of the connotations of the words. But I'll try. The closest thing to a leader-guide-server in the Dr=E1selhadh culture (at least among the D=EDndimbal Thalmorth, the followers of Olden=EEl) would be a "bishop", a word which I don't like but fits in the meaning: Qesten giad f=FCngentsam, rin thanen enaraik anth giadn mi nafik giad b=FCrthn. Qesten giad f=FCngentsam, rin thanen be.INF you bishop with happiness enaraik anth giadn mi nafik giad b=FCrthn this you.ACC and around you they.ACC Lit. "Being a bishop, this will make you and those around you to stay happy". Actually _f=FCngentsam_ is etimologically "heir", "one who gets a thing passed on to him/her". This includes power and=20 responsibility.
>=20 > The other proverb is not in any of the sacred books, but is also > commonly heard: >=20 > VE_CU^RE~RAN_KU^RE~ > Vec=FBr=EBrangk=FBr=EB >=20 > free translation: > Commanding doesn't make you a leader.
This has to use a different word: Farq=E4'r gi k=FC'rpolvan enqgron. Farq=E4'r gi k=FC'rpolvan enqgron. by command.INF ruler =20 "You are not a ruler by giving orders." Word order here is important. If I had said _Gi k=FC'rpolvan farq=E4'r enqgron_ that would mean "you are not a ruler because you give orders." --Pablo Flores * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Weiner's Law of Libraries: There are no answers, only cross-references.