Daily Cultural Prompt: Dyauspitr

Hello, welcome, and thanks to my new follows this week. Feel free to introduce yourselves and provide a link to your blog in the comments below. My main purpose here is talking about our wonderful planet where all cultures have a beautiful place and how similar we are. And I have a sprinkling of my other experiments with writing and other interests throughout the blog.

Here is a TED talk that thoroughly illustrates the significance of sanskrit, latin, and english. At the end of the video, he speaks of some amazing changes made in our world already. Sanskrit has gained, or I should say re-gained acceptance all across the world.

Here are some screenshots and a very appropriate quote from Khan Academy that explain our Sanskrit word prompt for today: Dyauspitr, or in greek Zeus Pater, and in english Jupiter! Roots of the word to refer to Father of the Skies are shown in the last picture. If you use this prompt to write anything on your blog, please leave a link here. Have a wonderful day!

Enjoy this grand quote by Sir William Jones, 1786.



5 thoughts on “Daily Cultural Prompt: Dyauspitr

  1. this was very fascinating thank you V! I wonder whether that could be a good way to see migration patterns? how a language is carried and scattered and just remnants are left. It intrigued me that in my local dialect the word for butter is the same as used in Portugese Brazil, but then again we had Portugese ships sail to Asia and land here in Malaysia, but that the fact that a word takes root and stays is a blueprint of evolution to me.

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    1. Evolution, indeed! Besides the video commentary, several language courses teach it across the world.
      What makes me wonder is the very same fact you pointed out: the common roots/words between languages. With such concrete evidences available, we of organized establishments, are still involved in the rat-race of proving supremacies. How futile!

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  2. It’s really interesting when we understand how the ancient languages used to share some common root words. As a student of linguistics, I had to learn these things in my post-graduate classes. This is the first time I’m seeing someone blogging about this! A pleasant surprise indeed… 🙂

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    1. Hmm, interesting! Maybe I didnt learn these because I didnt take linguistics. Due to much travelling though, I remained curious about commonalities and am still learning!
      I am trying to convince people that old indian texts, though pillaged by foreign invaders, are deserving of more attention than preserving in museums all across the world.

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