Liturgical Language

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  1. Cino

    Cino Big Love! (Atheist mystic)

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    Liturgical language is a cross-section of two personal interests of mine: Religions and Language.

    So, dear denizens of the interfaith.org forums: What are your favorite liturgical languages? What makes them special to you? If it is a classic or foreign language, have you studied it, and what were your experiences?

    Me, I like Pali, a classical Prakrit language of India, which was used to record the Theravada Buddhist canon and commentaries. I enjoy the sense of depth of time across which the texts speak. And I am dabbling at it in my spare time, and it taught me a lot about ancient India, modern India, and things like prosody and meter, which I never really understood when studying Latin at school.

    And that translation is an art.
     
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    StevePame Administrator Staff Member

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    When I was young, my family went to Disney World. We stopped at a catholic monastery for mass on the drive back. There was Latin chanting and it was so different than anything I’d seen or heard before. I was transfixed by it all and was sad when we returned to our regular English language church after the trip.

    As an adult I’ve looked for that monastery online to see if it is still around but I can find no record of it.
     

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