a reply to: Marduk
Interesting you mention linguistics.
One of my major passions/hobbies is linguistics and etymology...particularly the histories, foundations and formation of our Reo.
Our kupu/words tend to be constructs. Combinations of numerous other kupu...which when combined convey an essence of meaning rather than a description
or a name/title of a 'thing'.
By taking our kupu and examining the various separate kupu combined within you can often gain a much deeper understanding and appreciation of what the
But - linguistics.
I spent a good few decades on and off researching etc the meaning within one whakatauki/saying in particular. When someone asks where you come from,
some Maori might reply "No Hawaiiki nui, Hawaiiki roa, Hawaiiki pamamao" - "From the large Hawaiiki, the long Hawaiiki, the original/primordial
source/birthing place Hawaiiki"
It's been a consuming passion of mine to try to track what/where that refers to...
Oh there are numerous theories as to where we came from - personally I believe *we* came here from multiple directions, countries, continents.
Who knows. Only the ones who actually made it here could say for sure...who knows how many other voyagers didn't make it.
But in tracking linguistics with a primary focus on the more 'primary words' that aren't contextually changable as such - like Male, Female, Sun,
Moon, Day, Night, Life, Death etc...I've found some rather cool similarities in languages and those kupu from many different peoples around the
Here's a wee kicker:
One of my many threads of investigation/research ended up in Egypt of all places. I started reading everything I could get my hands on, dig up, search
out, beg borrow and steal on Egypt and Pyramids and relevant ancient cultures.
Low n behold I'm flicking through one book and come across this picture of some supposedly translated hieroglyphs. A few of the images/glyphs looked
familiar. Checked their meaning - they were things like marriage, son, sun, water, old etc.
They looked very much like ta moko forms...and indeed I was sure that a few of those glyphs actually meant the same thing as our ta moko depiction (ta
moko wasn't just a pretty picture - it was a *written* language too...)
Got a hold of an aunty who had researched, written and published a book on Ta Moko....sure enough those specific glyphs and specific ta moko forms
meant the same thing...
Anyhoo...not wanting to go off topic here...
Would love to know more about people here prior...and certainly with a desire to honour their journey too, their people and histories.
All cultures are treasures - I think so anyway - and so rightly should be treasured.
edit on 29-1-2016 by alien because: Spelling again