When Laws Collide, Mägaya Peace In Yolngu or Yolŋu Australia (Memory Exercises)
one of the first words we learn
a woman in Yirrkala tells
a legal term meaning the state of peace
achieved when laws are in place
If you've ever been down to a lake
or the sea in the morning
it's perfectly flat
that's " mägaya mäwaya "
Law creates that peace
you are protected
everything is "ŋoy-dharraḏa"
at peace calm
and burrmiḏi peaceful
or "mutitj" calm and peaceful
"beḻaŋ" calm and quiet
But when two systems of law
operate in one community
tranquility is not
the new conflicts
with law and order
that's been there
for 40,000 years
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Visualize a body of water at peace. What does the surface look like? What color are the water and the sky? Are there other people or animals around? Is the water moving or completely still?
Does adding a vowel make a language
there is a saying
the difference between a dialect and a language
a language has an army
Is "pokój" peace in Polish
so different from
"pokoju" peace in Silesian
with it's extra vowel sound
No one agrees whether
Silesian is a dialect of Polish
or a separate language
influenced by Polish and German
"Pokój" is also peace in Upper Sorbian
or the Wendish spoken in Germany
and in Slovak uttered in Slovakia
same words different languages
And then there is an extra consonant
"spokoj" peace in Bosnian
which most agree
is a different language
Pokoju in Silesian (Poland)
"Pokoju" (peace) in Silesian spoken in Poland (Silesian Voivodeship, Opole Voivodeship) and Czech Republic (Moravia–Silesia, Jeseník).
"Pokój" (peace) in Upper Sorbian (Wendish) spoken in Germany
"Pokój" (peace) in Polish spoken in Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia.
"Pokój" (peace) in Slovak spoken in Slovakia.
"Spokoj" (peace) in Bosnian spoken in Bosnia.