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Reflection for today…A New Language Unlocks A New World -Rumi & Penny Dreadful’s Verbis Diablo

31 Oct

Editor’s note: Happy Halloween!!!

As someone who appreciates the supernatural, horror and the macabre, Halloween is naturally my favourite holiday.

To be honest, every day is Halloween in my gothic heart.

Side note: tonight is the second moon in October {which is a rare astrological event}. It is thought to be a blue moon. How exciting for all the stargazers.

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“Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world.”

-Rumi

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Penny Dreadful‘s gothic supernatural television series explores the ancient language of the verbis diablo {the devil’s tounge}.

Penny Dreadful Vanessa Ives Verbis Diablo Blood Scorpion

In penny dreadful’s mythology, the verbis diablo is a supposedly dead language with an esoteric nature. Few know about the verbis diablo and fewer people can decipher it or use it. {Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle is a master translator of the verbis diablo}.

It is very intriguing that the verbis diablo has biblical roots. According to Dr.Victor Frankenstein, “the verbis diablo is a corruption of angelical speech. What Adam spoke in paradise before the serpent made his memorable appearance.”

Ethan Chandler notes that according to the story, “Satan took God’s language and turned it inside out. After the fall of man,  God spoke to Adam, but Adam could no longer understand him. “Why is my language unclear to thee? Because you now longer belong to your father, the devil.” 

– Fresh Hell

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Penny Dreadful’s mythology lays out clearly defined rules for the Verbis Diablo.

“Verbis Diablo is the ancient language that holds powers in its sentences. Both daywalkers as well as nightcomers can learn to speak the language and use it for their spellcraft. According to Biblical lore, the Verbis Diablo (approximately “Words of the Devil” in Latin) was a corrupted version of the language spoke in the Garden of Eden before mankind was banished on Earth. Its use blackens the hearts of those who speak it, until the thoughts and words of the speaker will be totally manipulated by Lucifer.

https://penny-dreadful.fandom.com/wiki/Verbis_Diablo_(language)

Speaking the verbis diablo has dire consequences.

Joan Clayton warns Vanessa Ives…

Joan Clayton (to Vanessa Ives): “You must remember such incantations are dangerous and you must never speak the Devil’s language idly. Let this language not become easy in your mouth or soon it will no longer be your mouth but his. And it will tell only lies. For he is the Father of Lies. If you believe in God, better you pray with all you got in you. Only if all else fails, you speak the Devil’s tongue. But mark, girl, it’s a seduction and before you blink twice it’s all you can speak, and so does a daywalker become a nightcomer.”

– The Nightcomers

The Verbis Diablo is a most dangerous tome/manuscript…

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Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle tells Vanessa Ives, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, Sir Malcolm Murray, Ethan Chandler and Sembene the story of the verbis diablo…

No one tells a story like Ferdinand Lyle. He is a gifted storyteller and scholar.

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The creation of fictional languages {“colangs”} is a truly creative endeavour. I must admit that as a lover of language, I was deeply fascinated with colangs.

According to the Penny Dreadful’s internet movie database page:

“The language used in season two (Verbis Diabolo) is a fictional amalgam of Aramaic, Ancient Greek, Latin, and an obscure Arabic dialect called (in phonetic English) “Kan Allah Musali-Algins.

Verbis Diablo was created by David J. Peterson who is the co-founder and former president of the Language Creation Society which specializes in the creation of “constructed languages, or colangs”, from scratch. He’s also the creator of the languages used in Game of Thrones.”

-https://penny-dreadful.fandom.com/wiki/Verbis_Diablo_(language)

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“David J. Peterson: Verbis Diabolo is different from anything I’ve ever done. First, it’s a posteriori, which means that all the words and grammar come from other—in this case, real world—sources. Specifically, the sources were Arabic, Akkadian, Middle Egyptian, Attic Greek, Latin, Farsi and Turkish. Second, VD was not intended to be a language proper.

I looked at the language as an art piece. VD is supposed to be a language twisted in form; wrenched from Earth’s languages.Many words that meant something in a given language are taken and reversed phonetically to produce the equivalent VD word. Sometimes the reversal came with a reversal in meaning, as with justa, from Latin, which becomes atsüü, “vile”. Also pieces of words from many different languages will often be combined to produce portmanteaux which may have nothing to do with the original meanings of any of the parts.

In addition, though there are patterns in the language, sometimes the patterns are broken for no reason. A word which has meant the same thing every time one has heard it will suddenly have a new meaning in a new sentence for no discernible reason. Words will change orders to subvert previously attested patterns; words will be pronounced differently for no reason at all; the auxiliary, one of the few bits of predictability in the language, will move or drop out entirely.

All of this combines to produce something that doesn’t sound an awful lot like a language, and I think that’s true. It defies attempts to learn it, meaning that the only way to actually speak it is to be touched by the devil.In effect, that was the point.

So yeah, I had a lot of fun with it! It’s far different from anything I’ve ever done in the past. It sounds really weird. I’ve been pleased with the performances thus far.”

https://www.goodreads.com/author/508612.David_J_Peterson/questions

I am enamoured with the line that Ferdinand Lyle says at the beginning: “mischief is best enacted in small groups at very close quarters.”

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In this short clip, Ferdinand Lyle tells the story of the verbis diablo quite skillfully.

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Have you accepted Vanessa Ives’ invitation to enter the Penny Dreadful creative universe?

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Please enjoy Verbis Diablo from the Penny Dreadful soundtrack…

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Ferdinand Lyle’s story of the monk brother Gregory reminded me of the codex gigas myth.

In case you are interested in the codex gigas legend, I have included these videos.

The codex gigas is one book/tome that is not on my reading list.

{I also wonder how the codex gigas survived the Spanish inquisition?}.

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Further Research…

Rumihttps://www.rumi.net/

Penny Dreadful Television Serieshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt2628232/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Verbis Diablo translations, text and audio… http://dedalvs.com/work/penny-dreadful/

David J. Peterson…https://artoflanguageinvention.com/

David J. Peterson’s Personal Website…http://dedalvs.com/

David J. Peterson’s The Art of Language Invention YouTube series…https://www.youtube.com/c/DavidPetersonAoLI

https://www.youtube.com/c/LangTimeStudio

The Art of Language Invention Book by David J. Peterson…http://www.penguin.com/book/the-art-of-language-invention-by-david-j-peterson/9780143126461

Language Creation Society…https://conlang.org/

Codex Gigashttps://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-europe/codex-gigas-devils-bible-001276

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Have you watched Penny Dreadful?

What do you think about the Verbis Diablo?

What do you think about colangs?

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Many more Penny Dreadful reflections/posts to come…

Peace & Esoteric Love,

-V.

Reflection for today…The Roots of Peace -Thich Nhat Hanh

10 Jan

“Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves.”

How can you make peace with yourself?
How can you make peace with others?
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“Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 by Martin Luther King Jr. for his efforts in generating peace and reconciliation in his native country. Thich Nhat Hanh travels internationally, teaching from his book The Art of Mindful Living. He lives at Plum Village Practice Centre in France, a Buddhist monastery for monks, nuns, and laypeople.”-Shambhala Sun
To learn about Thich Nhat Hanh and his work,
please visit his website:
Peace & Namaste…