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By Isaac Mozeson

Learning Awe From the Bantu


Where do you have go nowadays to find people who still respect their elders?
Why deep in Africa, of course.
The new entry:


AWE     YiRAH     Yod-Resh-Aleph-Hey

Year-RAH____יראה____[YRAHà AW]

ROOTS:    The same wise men who link godliness to giddiness derive AWE from Old Icelandic agis, fright, and  Greek achos, pain, distress.  The W sound derived from a guttural does not reflect very AWESOME scholarship either.

 יראה  YiRAH is the  noun for the AWE a sentient creature might have for a Creator, as in Leviticus 19:32.  The verb root of “revering” (B-Y adds this to the inferior “fear” definition) is ירא Yod-Resh-Aleph. 

Uggaritic (extinct Semitic) has a similar word, and timidity is one meaning that comes up in the Bantu below. The  י Yod/Y as “weak letter” does not affect the ability to derive a word like AWE or its yet undiscovered precents.

Forר   Resh /R becoming WR, see entries like WORM, WREN,  WRIST and WRONG. 

 For ר   Resh /R becoming W, listen to Elmer Fudd say “CWazy Wabbit.”


BRANCHES:   Rev. Jonathan Mohler learned Bantu on location in southern Africa. In the Luyia dilaect “to fear” is

rya, an M213 metathesis of  ירא YaRAy . Related is  -riririra, to be nervously shy or fearfully hesitant. One can hear the stuttering, fearful repetition of the R-vowel root.  Closer to יראה  YiRAH is oburye, the respect, honor, and fear shown to parents and superiors. A Bantu tribesman always feels somewhat self-conscious or nervous in the presence of an omurye. Ribwa means feared, respected; (-bwa is a passive suffix).

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