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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.

Story For Home by Gabriel Byrne…

1 Nov

Gabriel Byrne is one of my favourite people.

Gabriel Byrne Reflective

Even though I have never had the honor of meeting him, he intrigues me in the most beautiful way.

He is a very soulful person who seems to be deeply compassionate, sensitive, introspective and intelligent.

In this short clip, you can feel Gabriel’s conviction in his words and voice.

{His voice is medicine for my soul}.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eYvTpZTZFU

His suggestion of “imagining Ireland” is a great segue into this post.

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In this short clip, Gabriel discusses his hunger for travel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQ-rQcJF6Ns

He says that he always had a desire to travel and move.

In his birthplace of Ireland, Gabriel feels that he is always colliding with his past. 

 He feels defined by his past in Dublin.

Whereas in New York he feels that he has a clean slate- a tabula rasa where he is “free to compose his own present.” 

Gabriel lived in Los Angeles for five years but he decided to leave. He feels that when you live in a place without clearly defined seasons, your sense of time becomes distorted. Time passes almost invisibly yet quickly.

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Gabriel decided to move to New York and he lives there presently.

He compares Los Angeles to New York and he focuses on their restless nature.

“It’s a restless city…Los Angeles even more so than New York is a city where people come to…it has to exist for those people who can’t exist in places outside of it.

It exists for people who become in a way…who outgrow or out-dream or out-fantasize their own places

For Gabriel, Los Angeles is a land of paradox.

It offers new beginnings and freedom yet an ambiance of melancholy haunts it.

He notes, “The sense of freedom and light and being able to re-invent oneself is very strong there…but there’s also a sense of melancholy that pervades the place.”

I found the following observation to be the most intriguing. 

“It is a place where people think that if they get successful enough, they are not going to die.”

In essence, Gabriel is using memento mori to analyze people’s avoidance of death. It is almost as if success was used as a passport out of death.

This incisive observation is very Buddhist as Buddha believe in impermanence {i.e. everything dies}.

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One doesn’t need to have a gypsy soul to want to move or travel.

We’ve all dreamed of moving our proverbial roots to far away magical lands.

I know I have…

I believe the term is called wanderlust.

Wanderlust

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Ireland is definitely one of the countries that I long to visit.

Majestic Ireland…

It is the birth place of two of my favourite actors Jonathan Rhys Meyers and of course Gabriel Byrne. They often speak about Ireland’s sublime beauty.

Ireland’s Majestic Northern Lights…

To be honest there are so many places I would love to visit.

Since I was a child I fell in love with Egyptian history and mythology. 

Ancient Egypt has fascinated me and still fascinates me to this day.

Egypt is one place I would love to visit.

Egypt: A Land of Alchemical Beauty

Iceland also seems like a mystical land full of haunting beauty.

The Magical Northern Lights in Iceland…

I would love to experience the northern lights- aurora borealis.

I would love to experience the beauty of Iceland that resonates in the music of Björk and Sigur Rós.

*Please enjoy Sigur Rós – Ágætis Byrjun…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWoQxk0-f0o   

       

 These days my heart longs to visit the magical lands of Greece.

Greece…A Place of Rich History and Eternal Beauty…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-ZeMwI2pL4

Japan is also another country I definitely want to visit.

I love Japanese culture and I love the humility and resilience of Japanese people.

Other places I would like to visit:

New Zealand…

Waitomo Worm Cave in New Zealand…

Australia…

australia_kangaroo

and Hawaii.

Aloha From Paradise…

I would also love to visit Buddhist temples through-out the world.

buddha

I would really like to explore all the countries of Latin America- especially Cuba.

Che Guevara Grafitti in Habana Cuba

{To be honest, there are too many places I would love to visit but I just mentioned a few to not make this post too long}.

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I think travel enriches one’s life in so many ways.

It open one’s mind and possibly even one’s heart.

Travelling connects us with our shared humanity and our interdependence.

Where would you like to travel to?

Where would you like to move to?

Do you agree with Gabriel?

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For more information…

Gabriel Byrne…http://www.byrneholics.com/ 

Jonathan Rhys Meyers…http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001667/

Björk…http://www.bjork.com

Sigur Róshttp://www.sigur-ros.co.uk 

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Peace & Namaste