So, though in recent years the languages of the religions of the world have changed, the language that makes the most impact has not! Latin! Probably the most powerful language in the spiritual workings of the world. And the most useful.
You see, over time, certain chants and prayers have been…
“One language dies every 14 days. By the next century nearly half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will likely disappear as communities abandon native tongues in favor of English, Mandarin, or Spanish. What is lost when a language goes silent?”
Although hieroglyphs were the language of the ancient Egyptians, their language progressed much more complexly. The earliest form of Egyptian script was Hieroglyphic (top left), first appearing in the late Predynastic Period to the late period in 394 A.D. Hieroglyphic was divided into three phrases: Old consisted of simple signs, Middle created the standard language, and New was the middle mad of the original phases. The signs of hieroglyphic script are largely pictorial or ‘iconic’ characters and typically the script is a ‘mixed’ system, which means that some of the signs or characters convey meaning whereas others convey sound. A more cursive form was Hieratic (top right), which became more prominent in later periods. The signs being simplified to facilitate quick reproduction of a kind required in non-monumental contexts. This was Egypt’s administrative, scientific and religious script throughout most of its history. It is found mostly on rolls or sheets of papyrus or on bits of ostraca, or pieces of pottery or limestone. Hieratic always reads from right to left, which makes it different from hieroglyphic or cursive hieroglyph. Demotic (bottom left) was used for the rest of Egyptian history, meaning ‘popular script’ in Greek. Demotic was much like hieratic in orientation and medium, but it was used for day to day purposes. It is a very cursive writing that is abbreviated making it difficult to read and sometimes impossible to transcribe. More like ‘short hand’ today. As the old native script went into decline and disappeared during Egypt’s Roman and Christian period, the Coptic script took hold. Deriving from the Arabic ‘gubti’, Coptic (bottom right) consisted of 24 letters of the Greek alphabet supplemented in its standard form by six characters taken from demotic to denote Egyptian phonemes not known to Greek. #AncientEgypt #Egypt #Egyptian #Egyptology #Hieroglyphic #Hieratic #Demonic #Coptic #Hieroglyphs #Language #Writing #Archaeology #History #Art #ArtHistory
Loteria is a popular game of chance in Mexico similar to Bingo, beginning Sunday, December 16, you will see ¡Lotería!: Highlights from the Permanent Collection. Curated by our Education Department, this exhibition will encourage you to investigate the development and meanings of national, cultural and religious symbols. You will also be able to create your own Loteria cards!