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A sacred language is vanishing from State

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  • Jomon Varghese
    Dear moderators Very interesting article published in Hindu almost three years back (Monday,Aug 11, 2008)
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 9 1:33 AM
      Dear moderators
      Very interesting article published in Hindu almost three years back (Monday,Aug 11, 2008)

      http://www.hindu.com/2008/08/11/stories/2008081164350500.htm

      Jomon
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      KOCHI: Did you know that the Malayalam words ‘maalaakha’ (angel) and
      ‘koodaasa’ (sacrament) are not Malayalam, but Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic which Jesus Christ spoke 2000 years ago?

      And that qurbana, mishiha, mammodisa, methrapoleetha and easo, which
      Malayali Christians use on a day-to-day basis, are all Syriac? And that Suriyani-Malayalam (or Karshoni), which used the Syriac script to write Malayalam, was a popular medium of written communication among Christians until the 19th century, like Arabi-Malayalam used by Muslims in Malabar?

      Well, these show the profound impact of this Semitic language, which is supposed to have arrived on the Kerala shore along with St. Thomas in 52 AD, on Malayalam. The arrival of Thomas of Cana, a Palestinian, in 345 AD, along with 70 families, boosted Syriac’s use and popularity in Kerala. But the language, which thrived in Kerala for so many centuries as the sacred language of Syrian Christians, is now facing extinction.

      To read more, click on belo link of Hindu news papper
      http://www.hindu.com/2008/08/11/stories/2008081164350500.htm
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