Sunday, January 6, 2013

Ecce magi ab oriente

 ( G + M + B ~ Gašper + Miha + Boltežar)
Glejte, glejte, kaj je tam,
trije kralji grejo k nam,
na kamelah jezdijo,
od zlata se svetijo.

Look, look what is there,
Three Kings go towards us,
on camels they ride,
of gold do shine.
— Slovene folk lyric

 Inundátio camelórum opériet te,
 dromedárii Mádian et Epha;
 omnes de Saba vénient,
 aurum et thus deferéntes,
 et laudem Dómino annuntiántes. — Isaias lx. 6.

The multitude of camels shall cover thee, 
the dromedaries of Madian and Epha: 
all they from Saba shall come, 
bringing gold and frankincense: 
and shewing forth praise to the Lord. — DRC

Caravans of camels shall fill you,
dromedaries from Midian and Ephah;
all from Sheba shall come
bearing gold and frankincense,
and proclaiming the praises of the LORD. — NAB
And on this day some would chalk their house entrance, 20+G+M+B+13, say some prayers , and walk about the house with burning incense. Some cultures to-day is the day of gift giving, for some it was St. Nicholas (a month before exact). On both days a dress up play are enacted, some in halls, churches, and schools, a little extra celebrating the season.

Slovenija is a mountainous country, it is where the Balkans and the Alps meet. Early January these mountains, and their valleys are often snow covered. The thought of three men travelling on camels is quaint. Well a camel would make a footprint in white snow as easily as in yellow sand.The picture above has a palm, and not a spruce.

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