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Prayer to my food

I have come up with a standard prayer for my food, so I don't have to improvise as much. I have also translated it into Dvencoilii, the language of the Duenicallo. I want to practice speaking it. Dvencoilii is a very hard language to speak, it's very harsh and gutteral. The HK sound makes a sound like an h crossed with a throat-clearing sound. The r ALWAYS rolls, like a purr or growl. Accented u is oo sound, as in moo; so is oo and uu. And u, for that matter. The capitalized T is hard, and so is like spitting the letter out venomously. Words with the hard T tend to be said in a way that sounds terse. "Paad" is like "pawed." Double-I (ii) is like double e (ee). "Dven" has a silent D.

Just to clarify: Dvencoilii is a constructed language for an alien race I have in some of my novels.

English: Many thanks, spirits of my food; I apologize for any suffering my people gave you. I appreciate your sacrifice, so I may live. I pray (that) my life will do honor to your spirit and atone for your suffering and pain.

Translation: Varrah nii'ehl, daar-raHs'vy'ahg túk HKoon-hiin ahdjd; HKoon kuumah'ra'gah’nii tlee kudahh hyoh'loh'syai HKoon'hiin dven vyor'nor'sen paa. HKoon byah'koo'peh'ty paad thrihk'nai'taHG, yug HKoon oonoi rah'HKain'yah. HKoon dyoh'shyah HKoon-hiin raHK'haHK bhaHKii HKahdj Tah-Tahshk kón paad raHs'vy'ahg siik noo'loo'yii'amma tlee paad hyoh'loh'syai siik Tii'TahT.

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gothicat
Oct. 8th, 2008 07:56 am (UTC)
What is Duenicallo I have never heard of it. I'm curious.
fayanora
Oct. 8th, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)
The Duenicallo are a race of sentient predators in some of my novels. They live on the planet Traipah with two other native sentient species: the elusive and carniverous Shao'kennah, and the herbivorous Ah'Koi Bahnis.

I first started working on Traipah over a decade ago, starting with the Ah'Koi Bahnis. They have a nearly-perfect society, with some conflict here or there, but no wars or killing. They also have no starvation anymore, because they have an economic system where everyone gets the bare essentials for survival free. But by bare essentials, I mean a very Spartan existence: small rooms, just enough food to get by, things to clean up with, and almost no luxuries. About the only thing you get a lot of for free is water. Which is intended to motivate people to work and earn a better living. But being a race that values art and creativity above most other things (love and knowledge being second and third), their definition of 'work' is more broad and forgiving than on Earth, and includes creative works like poetry, book writing, and art. The Ah'Koi Bahnis also have a racial worship of knowledge, and destroying a book is a heinous blasphemy. On Traipah, destroying a library on purpose would be a crime akin to killing babies and drinking their blood. The Ah'Koi Bahnis look uncannily like human females (except for the eyes and the wild colors their eyes, hair, and skin can be), but are hermaphrodites (both male and female at once); in fact, all Traipahni species are hermaphrodites.

The name Duenicallo is pronounced doo-en-ih-ky-yo. The Duenicallo are carnivorous, but are friends with the Ah'Koi Bahnis, and have been since a few years after their first contact with each other. They live mostly in the wilderness, preferring to hunt, but they do also raise livestock. Whether livestock or hunted prey, though, they use every single bit of the animal, and say prayers for the spirits of the animals they kill. Duenicallo are large creatures, about the size of a small pony or larger. They can walk or stand on their hind legs, using their front paws as hands, but they can only run on all fours. They are very strong, and if a Duenicallo were to fight a polar bear, I would bet on the Duenicallo.

The third species, the Shao'kennah, resemble velociraptors from Earth, and are very elusive. This is because long ago they were the Traipahni equivalent of the Jews, persecuted by both the other two races. For thousands of years, though, the Ah'Koi Bahnis and Duenicallo have been reformed, and slowly but surely relations with the Shao'kennah are improving, with more and more Shao'kennah coming out of hiding all the time. Though they're still wary of the Ah'Koi Bahnis and the Duenicallo.

When I first started working on all this, I couldn't believe what I was writing. Their society is just the kind I would love to live in, but for a long time I couldn't think of any stories to put in that world. For several years I obsessively worked on that world, determined to find some way of making a story interesting to humans without writing about the time before the Reformation. Finally decided I couldn't do it without introducing humans into the mix. Though I think I could do interesting stories without humans in them, now.

I've already written one novel in that world, and had it published with Publish America (though re-reading it recently, I wish I could fix it more and expand it). It is called "I'll Tell You No Lies" by Tristan A. Arts. You can find it at http://www.publishamerica.com

Since then, I have written a second Traipah novel, unpublished, called "One Hundred Year Wait." I'm currently working on a third, called "Foreign Influence." (Hee hee. So far, all three titles each have 5 syllables in them.)
gothicat
Oct. 8th, 2008 08:24 am (UTC)
wow thats very cool
fayanora
Oct. 8th, 2008 08:40 am (UTC)
More about my writing
Thanks! It's my favorite world to write in. The first novel I wrote in it took place on a space station orbiting Earth (Mir III), but the second two take place on Traipah. I love Traipah so much, I have been wondering if I should let Nokwahl return to her home on Mir III. But her job really is there, as are her pets.

Nokwahl is my main character in those novels. Okay, so natives of Traipah are telepathic, especially the Ah'Koi Bahnis. Each of them gets a Gift, which is one telepathic thing they are best at. They can learn other telepathic skills, but their Gift is always their strongest ability. Nokwahl's Gift is that she's a reverse empath... she can make other people feel what she's feeling. And, given that she was raped as a child by a foreigner (foreign to Traipah), she discovered her Gift violently, because later in her life she started broadcasting her fear and pain without meaning to. In order to get control of her Gift (which she calls her Curse), she had to go into a religious order. She chose the Shao'Bahn Order, the order dedicated to Shao'Kehn and Her teachings. While there, she became a Truthspeaker. Truthspeakers, when they are under oath, cannot lie. I mean, it's impossible for them to lie under oath. Just attempting to lie under oath causes them intense pain. The Terran government uses Truthspeakers to determine guilt or innocence (because telepathy is a prerequisite to being a Truthspeaker), but Nokwahl preferred to become a detective and hunt down the criminals to bring them to justice. In the first novel, she has to find the person who murdered her rapist. (Can you say UGH?)
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fayanora
Oct. 8th, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
I should also note that the apostrophes in my conlangs are there to make it more clear where each syllable begins and ends.
fayanora
Oct. 8th, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
Does the ! in Fir!nan mean anything?

That conlang sounds cool.

Traipah has been awesome for me conlang-wise. There's Trai'Pahg'Nan'Nog (AKA TPNN, which is the trade language, a constructed language even in their world, designed for everyone native to Traipah to be able to speak it.), Yahgahnii (which is to the Yahgahn culture as Hebrew is to the Jews.1), and Dvencoilii (Duenicallo language). There's also allusions to the language of the Shao'kennah, but their language is make of clicks, pops, whistles, trills, growls, and a bunch of sounds the human voice box can't even make. And even if humans *could* make those sounds, Shao'kennah have TWO voice boxes, and can make two different sounds simultaneously.

And I love Ahndahn's Alphabet and Dven'Bahnis, the two alphabets. They are phoenetic.

1 = And though I have adopted the Yahgahn faith, I don't have much done in Yahgahnii, so I use mostly TPNN for prayers and stuff. I would love to have more Yahgahnii, but it's hard to do. It's a very musical language, and is meant to be sung.
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fayanora
Oct. 10th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
That sounds interesting!

You know, the Shao'kennah (one of the species that live on Traipah) are jungle dwellers, too. Their language doesn't sound to humans like a language. It's made of clicks, whistles, pops, growls, and a bunch of sounds humans can't even make. And even if humans could make those sounds, there's no way a human could speak the Shao'kennah language because Shao'kennah have TWO voiceboxes, and can thus make 2 different sounds simultaneously.
fayanora
Oct. 8th, 2008 08:30 am (UTC)
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention: I grew so attached to Traipah during the course of obsessively building the world that I adopted the religion of the Yahgahn culture (an Ah'Koi Bahnis culture) as my own. There are many Deities in the Yahgahn religion, but the ones I work with the most are:

1. Shao'Kehn (AKA Djao'Kain), Goddess* of Chaos and Protection. Consort of Ahndahn.
2. Ahndahn, Goddess of Order and Sexuality. Consort of Shao'Kehn.
3. Nahtahdjaiz, Child Goddess of Children. Adopted daughter of Ahndahn and Shao'Kehn.
4. Moiulainas Tebalas (AKA M.T.), the Creatress of Reality.
5. Grah'Bahn (AKA Hrah'Bahn), Lord of the Worms and Goddess of Life. Mother of Ahndahn.
6. Thurr, Goddess of Peace. Blood daughter of Grah'Bahn and Ahndahn. (Yes, mother and child incest occurred.)
7. Kusahnia [koo-sawn-yah], Goddess of Knowledge. Mother of Wisdom. All Ah'Koi Bahnis pay homage to Her, regardless of who their other patron Deities are. (So too Grah'Bahn and M.T.)

* I say Goddess because they look female, even though Ah'Koi Bahnis and their Deities are hermaphrodites.
beautifulpyre
Oct. 8th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of praying to food. I'm also pretty big on constructed languages and using them in everday life. I mean, bringing forth the stories inside you and manifesting them on this earthly plane. So I'm glad you do this. *hugs*
fayanora
Oct. 11th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
I'm glad to get people who are glad I do this. :-)
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