Friday, April 1, 2011


The Chamorro hymns that have been around for a hundred years or more are an important source of information about our language.  Many of them are actually forms of poetry.  Since it's kuaresma, let's look at the 14 verses of the hymn "Gi Chalan i Kilu'os-mo,"  one verse each day.  Each verse describes one of the 14 Stations of the Cross.  It's a look at Chamorro in poetic form.

1. Si Pilatos ha na' måtai i tai isao na Jesus;
enao mina' esta måtai pot i taotao si Yu'us.

(Pilate sent Jesus to death;
that is how God died for the people.)

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