The Book of the Nishan Shaman 17

See here for a list of previous installments.

[It’s been more than a year since the last installment!  I’ve been working on it alone, but steadily and surely, and going over the glosses very carefully. –Randy]

The Nishan Shaman reaches the hall of Omosi Mama, Manchu goddess of birth and smallpox.

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Manchu cropping up in very strange places

Awhile ago I posted about a guy I bumped into with Manchu script on his shirt.  Now I found something even more odd.  You’ve probably seen those kinds of notebooks that students often buy with forms in them where their classmates are supposed to fill in their contact information and their likes and dislikes.  Look at this example (below the fold): Continue reading Manchu cropping up in very strange places

The Book of the Nishan Shaman 09

Previous instalments: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

[Paweł has now completed the draft translation of the entire book (there will be 22 installments in all), and now the two of us are meticulously going through the translation, word by word, exhaustively investigating every possibility where there is anything strange about the text.  This particular installment proved to be the most challenging so far, especially near the end where we made some interesting discoveries.  Enjoy!  –RA] Continue reading The Book of the Nishan Shaman 09