Hey! I saw what you reblogged about that poem regarding Punjabi. It's interesting, i was talking to a couple of my Pakistani Punjabi friends and they were telling me how the language "is kinda crude but funny". But I definitepy understand ur concerns
Thank you so much for bringing this up!! That’s the thing. On both sides of the border the language is shamed and treated as a joke, and in place the nationalist rhetorics put the idea into people’s heads that the national language is somehow superior to their mother tongue. In East Punjab that’s done with Hindi, and in West Punjab with Urdu.
In East Punjab the likes of Gandhi complained about the fact that the Sikh scripture is in Gurmukhi (a script of Punjab), and explained how Gurmukhi is inferior to Devnagari (mainstream Hindi script). In Bollywood Punjabi is the language of choice to tell jokes, as it is seen as crude and illiterate. Moreover, many schools in East Punjab have basically stopped teaching Punjabi, and instead focus on Hindi and English.
Cross the border and the situation isn’t any different in West Punjab. Even though Punjab is the biggest state of the state of Pakistan, its indigenous language is not recognized officially by the government, and Punjabi students in school are not taught Punjabi in favour of Urdu. This has created several waves of action, such as the PLM (Punjabi Language Movement), that do demonstrations to pressure the government to give Punjabi recognition. Here is a demonstration that took place this year during International Mother Language Day in Islamabad:
Speaking of International Mother Language Day (the observance of which originated to honour the struggles of people in Bangladesh to preserve their Bengali language), I am honestly jealous of how Bangladeshis preserved their culture. To this day, they speak the same language as their Western counterparts in India, and have preserved many of the cultural traditions, such as the observance of Pohela Boishakh (basically the Bengali version of Vaisakhi). If we look at the observance of that exact same holiday in pre-partition Punjab, it was celebrated by Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh Punjabis alike as the harvest festival and the beginning of the agricultural new year. Fast forward to today, and the holiday is celebrated with pomp and fervour in East Punjab, but its observance in West Punjab has become limited to the pockets of Sikhs that remain on that side of the border. Weddings in West Punjab have lost the many of the traditional folk songs and cultural traditions that their native legends like Heer and Ranjha had gone through.
Basically Punjabi culture is on a decline now more than ever, as West and East Punjab are moving towards Urdu/Hindi respectively, and Punjabis in the West are slowly forgetting their mother language. Moreover the stigma of Punjabi being crude is acting as a catalyst.
Here in the West, English poetry is lauded as beautiful and unique. However, the language as we know it today is fairly modern. Chaucer, whose Canterbury Tales are barely understandable today, was alive in the 14th century. Hindi and Urdu are shown as refined language in comparison to Punjabi, but Hindi only came about in 17th century and Urdu 18th century.
Punjabi can be traced back to Shauraseni, which was used in from the 3rd to the 10th centuries in northern South Asia as the chief language of the poetic and theatrical arts. Punjabi was the language in which Sheikh Fareed Ji (also known as Fareed Shakarganj- a Sufi Muslim saint from the Chisti order) recorded his works, which Sikhs view as Ilaahi Bani (Words from God). Punjabi is the language spoken by the royalty of Punjab. Punjabi has been immortalized in the poetry of Birahu Da Sultan, Shivkumar Batalvi. Punjabi has been sung by the sweet voices of Muhammad Sidiq and Surinder Kaur. Punjabi is a language of resistance, fostering revolutionaries like Shaheed-E-Azam Udham Singh and Bhagat Singh. Punjabi is a language of resilience, providing comfort to pioneers venturing outside the comfort of the motherland. Punjabi is a language that flows like rivers in Shahmukhi, and lauds the glories of the Guru in Gurmukhi. Punjabi is a queen. It is beautiful, and most of all, Punjabi is my mother. It WILL get the respect it deserves.
Theatrical trailer for Werner Herzog’s “Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht” (English version, 1979). This may be a rare case where the remake is actually Better than the classic original. Just a gorgeous film that will wrap you in its spell. Atmospheric, great acting, amazing cinematography and soundtrack (the latter by the German band Popul Vuh, which incidentally is the name of the holy book of the Maya). Dracula as art; from the Maestro. Hypnotic.
Career-wise, stelliums seem to have a particular influence on a certain area. People with 3rd house stelliums often “need” to communicate on the job; advertising, teaching, writing, singing, or just talking (news anchor, radio host, etc.) are all great possibilities. 12th house stelliums show someone who must work behind the scenes. So on and so forth.
A first house stellium shows a person who is not plain. They have a colorful personality with many sides to it. The more planets, the more lively and different they are. Often they need to display their personalities in the job. Show people who they really are.
A second house stellium, and money money money. Depending on the planets, this person seems to be able to relate to possessions in a personal way. They may not be money-hungry or anything like that, but rather they find they cannot simply “not care” about finances. They value alot of things and have odd tastes. As far as career-wise, a stellium in the 2nd only shows money is more focused through the career, so it’s not so big of a deal.
A third house stellium needs to talk. Talk and write. They rarely keep their words to themselves and have a strong sense of what to say. Unless chiron is here or aspects the cusp ruler, expect someone who feels even regenerated by words. Talking just makes them feel better, and often they are great conversationalists with alot of interests and knowledge.
Fourth house stelliums give particular emphasis on home. Most often, a career that either deals with the home (decorater, remodeler, handyman, etc.) or working from the home is indicated, particularly if the moon is here. For these people, everything can come back to family. They are the type who shine at family gatherings and always have something to say about a relative. They enjoy being at home.
When we see a fifth house stellium, huge potential in theatrics or art come into play, particularly if the ruler of the MC is in there. Working with children is often key, and if the moon is here, the teacher is key. These people indulge quite often and have many different pleasures depending on the planets involved. They are great parents and may have many children, unless there are stressful aspects.
Sixth house stellium. The workaholic. These people spend more time on the job than anywhere else. They have a huge interest in health and often go into the healthcare profession, especially if the moon or sun is there. Working gives them good feelings, and they often don’t know what to do when given time off. They are excellent employees.
Well, a stellium in the seventh and we see relationships. Often the career deals with associating with the public or public projection. These people have many wants and needs in partnerships and thus, may have many mates before finding the right one. They may work with the partner. They feel incomplete alone.
Dark stuff with an eigth house stellium. Sex may be an obsession if the planets and/or cusp ruler receives challenging aspects. They are good at working with joint finances and make good accountants. Often, the planets involved show signs of people they gain largely from. They need to investigate in the job, regardless of what they actually do. They are consultants, they fix what others mess up.
Spiritual journies are key with ninth house stelliums. These people often question their beliefs constantly and consider philosophy a big part of life. They make great publishers and writers. Often there is a need to have a career on an international level. Travel to many places. If the moon is here, expect someone who shows their talents in as many places as possible.
This is a “take-charge” stellium. These people love being the leader.
Tenth house stelliums in women’s charts often show a more strict, father-like mother. They are extremely ambitious and have a knack for business. Their minds are practical and they achieve alot if they can harness the energy properly.
“I get by with a little help from my friends”. That is so true for those with an eleventh house stellium. They often have friends from all different backgrounds. They generally don’t see people in a bad light; they want to be everyone’s friend. Often the career is given in some way through friends; getting where they are because of who they know. These people value a good friendship above all, and are probably active in alot of social circles and charities.
Now, last but not least, twelfth house stelliums. These people are talented in the unknown and have great natural psychic ability. They don’t do well in the limelight and even prefer working alone. They are interested in the occult. Since the 12th is institutions and hospitals, we see someone who may work in one or both in the lifetime, it’s very likely. They often have alot of work in this life, because planets in the 12th show unfinished business.
My crack theory is that Magolor’s renewed color palette and role as a smooth guy who wants your microtransactions is taken from Comedy of the Arts character Brighella, thus cementing the Kirby series as a subset of classic theatrical art