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Re: "Tell Them They Lie"
I'm not about to get in an argument with either Cherokee or Mormon true
believers about any of this -
The Cree syllabary is an Evans syllabary - this syllabary was invented by a
mid 19th century missionary and has been used to write languages in the
Algonkian, Athapaskan, and Inuit families, and is still in use.
No trace exists of the "reformed Egyptian" writing Joseph Smith read on the
gold plates from Palmyra NY. Mormons in Utah briefly used an unrelated
special alphabet which is well documented.
Probably the most extraordinary development of a writing system by an
illiterate person is the Hmong syllabary invented by Shong Lue Yang about
thirty years ago, and documented in Mother of Writing: The Origin and
Development of a Hmong Messianic Script by William A. Smalley, Chia Koua
Vang, and Gnia Yee Yang (U of Chicago Press 1990), a book everybody on this
list would enjoy reading. Shong Lue Yang invented a syllabary which fully
represents the complex initial consonants (or initial clusters) as well as
the eight tones of this most difficult language. William Smalley was one of
the missionary linguists who about fifty years ago developed the standard
Romanization of Hmong (which had almost no history as a written language
before then) which has become the standard Romanization of the language - and
he believes that the Pahawh Hmong (Phajhauj Hmoob) is a better representation
of the language than his own Romanization.
>>Come the millennium, month 12, In the home of greatest power,
the village idiot will come forth to be acclaimed the leader.<<
According to what looks like an authoritative Nostradamus site
this widely circulating "quotation" is a fabrication.
Knoxville TN USA