As we move into a new year, let’s consider what peace means to ourselves, to our friends and families, and our neighbors near and far. In this year’s column, I will consider the meaning of peace in different languages around the world.
In English, synonyms for peace include calm, tranquility, serenity, and harmony. Those nuances of peace are often included in other languages but there are even more meanings and synonyms for peace when you look in the cultures, languages, and dictionaries of the world. Exploring those meanings can contribute to brain health (learning something new or looking at something in a new way) as well as develop inner peace, resilience and well-being.
Imagine if the seven or eight billion people who share this earth were to think about peace for five minutes a day. What would change?
A Gentle, Generous Peace
What do peaceful, generous and gentle
have in common
“manókuradj” in Burū́šaskī Hunza spoken in Pakistan
Burushaski (bsk) or Burū́šaskī Hunza is a language isolate or a language unrelated to any other known language spoken by the Burusho people in northern Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Here are some of the words for peace in Burushaski: “Aram” (peace), “Saláamn” (peace), “Suc̣uméiny” (getting on well, peace), “Sukóonny” (peace), “Manókuradj” (peaceful, generous, gentle), “Dumaaẏasvi” (live in peace, reconcile), or Aman-amaanny (peace, safety).
With these words, consider the relationship between generosity and peace both inner peace and world peace in your life.
Generous Peace and a Light Liver
“Arun eyoyóiq” means he is generous
or he is happy and peaceful
literally his liver is light or not heavy
in Awa (awb) spoken in Papua New Guinea
“Aru máréhq” he is generous
literally he puts his liver into it
not his shoulder, his liver
the seat of giving all
“Aru matíéhq” he is stingy
he is hard hearted
he is worried
literally he has his liver
As if when we are generous
we have so much more
than just our selves
we have peace
health and an open heart
Awa (awb), also known as Ilakia, Mobuta, Northeast Awa, South Awa, and Tauna is spoken in Papua New Guinea, a small Pacific island nation with hundreds of languages..Here are some words for peace in Awa: “Arun eyoyóiq (he is generous or he is happy and peaceful, literally his liver is light or not heavy) and “Séhréh aite” (peace).
Consider the impact of generosity of spirit, money, time, or a smile on your overall peace and comfort in life.
Mutelela a Generous Peace
“Mutele” is generous in Lakalai or Nakanai
to be generous and kind
“Lamutele” a good or generous man
“latahalo” or “lamutelela” a kind man
“Telela” is also peace
the peace inside a kind and generous person
“Telela” is peace in Lakalai or Nakanai, a language of New Britain, one of the largest of the 600 plus islands that make up Papua New Guinea.
What kind of person do you want to be known as this year? What do you want to have on the inside?
In our search for peace, the languages of Burushaski (Pakistan), Awa (Papua New Guinea), and Lakalai (Papua New Guinea) encourage us to open ourselves to generosity.
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