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Cantillated Dictionary Extract
August 10, 2008, 11:21 pm
Filed under: alphabet, text

Cantillation is the chanting or singing of liturgical texts. It’s usually found within Jewish or Christian religious traditions, however this sung dictionary extract I found on youtube shows that singing text works quite well for secular literature too!

There is a story from the mystical Hebrew tradition Kabbalah, that god created the world from language. Here language is not just seen as a vehicle for conveying god’s thoughts, but also as the fabric of the universe:

language is the very stuff of creation, and grammar the way in which it is formed

Sefer Yetzirah

If you’re fond of mixing your mysticisms, you can go to the Kabbalah yoga website where there’s an applet which will transliterate your name into Hebrew and thence into a series of yoga postures.


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agadoo doo doo push pineapple shake the tree…..
no?…..I’ll get me coat

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