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Concerning the Pronunciation of Her Names
Not being a linguist the pronunciations are according to my understanding of the pronunciation directions given in the following books:
Everything else fairly ignorantly guessed at but in general following my understanding of the usual European value of the vowels a = *, e = A, i =E (or Y), o = O, and u = W -- corrections sought and welcomed.
- Aztec (Nahuatl):
- Book of the Gods and Rites and the Ancient Calendar, Fray Diego Duran (BGRAC)
- Dictionary of Chinese Mythology, E. T. C. Werner (DCM.W)
- Gaelic in general (see also Welsh):
- Celtic Myth and Legend, Charles Squire (CML.CS)
- The First Year of Greek, James Turney Allen (FYG.A)
- Harper's Dictionary of Hinduism, Margaret and James Stutley (HDH)
- see below under individuals
- New Latin Grammar, Allen and Greenough (NLG.A&G)
- Gods of the North, Brian Branston (GN.BB)
- The Mystic Art of Ancient Tibet, Blanche Christine Olschak in collaboration with Geshé: Thupten Wangyal.
- The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales, Patrick K. Ford (MOMWT)
- A Celtic Quest, John Layard (CQ.JL)
- From the following books I have obtained the pronunciation of one or more specific Goddess names:
- Funk & Wagnall's Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend.
- Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth, Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer, Diane Wolkstein and Samuel Noah Kramer (IQHE)
- From individuals I have recieved the pronunciation of one or more specific Goddess names. Those individuals I hereby acknowledge and extend to them my grateful thanks:
- Arthur Cooke, Gloucestershire, England, for the pronunciation of Chinese Kuan-Shih-Yin.
- Professor Joseph Fontenrose, Berkeley, for some Greek and Hindustani Goddesses
- Fred Nabeta, San Diego, for a general idea of Japanese
- Mayumi Oda, Marin County, for the pronunciation of Japanese Oto-Hime
- Yusuf Spires, San Francisco, for much help in general
- One or two pronunciations are from T.V. I particularly recall (because of its astonishing quality) G*LYK, for the pronunciation of Gaelic, as given in a program on Scotland.
See also the Bibliography
First written 9/87. Revised July 1995, February 1996.
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