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20 April 2012 @ 06:23 pm
100 Things: Day 2  

Day 2 of my 100 Things (actually, this is like half day 3) is about language.

There's this one favorite word of mine in Indonesian language, candikala (pronounced: 'chun-dee-kaa-laa'. Well, more or less.) What does it mean? Basically, it is a word to describe the specific time when the sun is setting down and the sky is painted with the right amount of red, orange, yellow, blue and purple color, and when you look up to see it, you will feel a melancholic wave surging through you and make the goosebumps on your neck stand up.

Well, maybe not that dramatic.

Some said though, that you can't see candikala in every sunset. So it means there is something mystical happened when it shows up. One of the stories said that's the time when a giant named Kala descends on earth in his search for preys, and whoever is still outside the house will be his food (this is perhaps a story to scare the children so they don't come home too late.) In another story that's not so morbid, it was said that the fairies are flying by with their colorful shawls, painting the sky with many colors. I also remember another short story I read which spin the tale of candikala to an opening of the gates to another world. Needless to say, all these stories fascinate me, like the colorful sky itself.

I've found out that not many people know this word. It came out several times when I was speaking to different friends of mine, and none of them knew the word. I, myself, knew it from my mother. Perhaps that's because this word is not the word you will use frequently in a conversation. It can also linked to the fact that Indonesian language (and its users) is like one of the most laid-back languages ever in allowing other words to influence and be used in its structure. Seriously, even journalists on newspapers prefer to use some english words rather than searching for their rightful translations. Well, on the other hand, the language itself didn't even exist naturally. By naturally, I mean that I know how it came to existence. It's not like it existed since hundred years ago. Basically, the language was fabricated circa 1928 by some influential people when they tried to bring some sense of unity to the many ethnic groups scattered throughout the entire archipelago. So, in a way, it kinds of explained why the language easily accepts other words from other native languages and foreign languages. Candikala itself, I think was originated from Sanskrit. I'm not really sure, though.

Wow, this entry turned out to be longer than I thought it would be.
you say weird like it's a bad thingmandyloo on April 20th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
I love that there's a word for that :)
Nann_nanini on April 21st, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's rather beautiful, isn't it :D?
Leslie: P&PಌLizzy & Darcypianogurl330 on April 21st, 2012 02:17 am (UTC)
That's so beautiful! :)
chiara: text: i am what i amstellicidio on April 22nd, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
This was really interesting and it's awesome that you actually have a word for this!