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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Reprise: Think on These Things (Gullah Version)

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Philippians 4:8-9 (Gullah version from De Nyew Testament)

Here Paul is speaking to the people:

Me Christian bredren, las ob all, A da tell ya, mus keep on da study bout jes dem ting wa good mo den all an wa people oughta gii praise fa. Study bout dem ting wa true, dem ting wa honorable, dem ting wa right een God eye, dem ting wa ain neba mek people sin, dem ting wa mek ya wahn fa lob um, an dem ting wa people know fa be good fa true. Do dem ting A done laan oona. Mus do wa A beena tell ya fa do an wa ya see dat A da do. An God wa da gii we peace, e gwine be dey wid oona.

Translation for oona = You

2 comments:

(im)perfect_black ☥☥☥ said...

Black fantastic!

A few years back the LA Times or NYT had a nice piece on the Gullah Bible effort. It included a recording wherein you could listen to the Bible being read by a Gullah speaker. On the other hand this is also the complicated story of cultural imperialism and local resistance that is still being played out all over the black world. kzs

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

I LOVE the Gullah language. I'll be looking out for the recorded version of the Gullah translation of the Bible. My Dad also would love to have a copy.
I'm looking forward to learning more about the culture, which I can find in my own family tree!
Peace,
Alica