photo by axinia
Why mysterious? – Because almost nobody (except neighbours and experts) are aware of it. The language of a heart-shaped country… The place I was born and spent my childhood. Lithuania…
What is so special about it?
- Lithuanian (lietuvių kalba) is the closest among all European languages to the Sanskrit, or even Proto- Indo-European language. “Anyone wishing to hear how Indo-Europeans spoke should come and listen to a Lithuanian peasant.” – said a famous French linguist Antoine Meillet. Why exactly that folk out of all other European nations has preserved the ancient language roots?
When specialists in Indo-European linguistics try to reconstruct the Proto-Indo-European language they find that contemporary Lithuanian is as important as the ancient tongues such as Latin, Greek and Sanskrit.
- Paul Thieme, 1958, has compared the Lithuanian proverb: Dievas davė dantis; Dievas duos ir duonos and its Latin translation Deus dedit dentes; Deus dabit et panem ‘God gave teeth, God will also give bread’ with what he (Thieme) calls an old form of Sanskrit: Devas adadā t datas; Devas dā t (or dadā t) api dhā nā s. (Actually according to the rules of Old Indic phonetics, several of the words occur in a slightly different form in a connected text in Sanskrit.)
Apart from that amazing closeness to Sanskrit roots, Lithuania has much more to offer: fine taste of beauty, cosiness and delicious pastry/cakes and much more… But nobody knows about it 😦
Want to be the first to explore? I bet you will loose your heart in that charming heart-shaped land!..
P.S. dedicated to Tomas