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17:36 Oct 24, 2004
Sanskrit to Latin translations [Non-PRO]
Religion / Hinduism/Buddhism
Sanskrit term or phrase: japamala
What I'm trying to translate is the
name of the beads used by Hindus and Buddhists (japamala), which means
'murmuring garland' or 'a garland for murmurring prayers or chants'. The final
version doesn't necessarily have to mean 'murmuring garland', but that is
where I'm starting at.
Joseph J. Brazauskas


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3rosarium
Fortiter


  

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rosarium


Explanation:
Since Romans hadn't got something similar for their worship - as I know, at least -, we have to use something else very common in the Roman Catholic Church (which used Latin and officially is using it presently too). So, by the Roman Catholic Church the "rosary" ("rosarium") does exist and it's exactly a series of beads used to murmur prayers (especially "Hail Mary") to the Virgin Mother of God. Every prayer of those are like spiritual "roses" ("rosae") and the whole series of them - that "instrument" or lace of beads - is a "rosarium".

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I agree with you that 'rosarium' is the closest Latin rendering, or rather the best Roman analogy, for 'jamapala'. But the term is Hindu and Buddhist, and I was hoping that there was a polytheistic equivilent to this practice. I knew of none. A Hindu friend had already asked me to turn the word into Latin and I also immediately thought of 'rosarium', thought of 'rosarium', but he feels that it's Cathlic connotations are too heavy and therfore appropriate. Thank you for your efort, nonethless.
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Comment: I agree with you that 'rosarium' is the closest Latin rendering, or rather the best Roman analogy, for 'jamapala'. But the term is Hindu and Buddhist, and I was hoping that there was a polytheistic equivilent to this practice. I knew of none. A Hindu friend had already asked me to turn the word into Latin and I also immediately thought of 'rosarium', thought of 'rosarium', but he feels that it's Cathlic connotations are too heavy and therfore appropriate. Thank you for your efort, nonethless.




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