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Friday, June 26, 2015

Mataluna: 151 Afghan Pashto Proverbs

Originally Published February 9, 2015

In February I was given a sincere honor to review a book of Afghan proverbs. I tried to commit a month to it and in March I reflected almost every day. But it got ugly in the middle and I started projecting instead of reflecting. I ended up taking most of it down because I didn't want to disrespect the author, Captain Edward Zellem, and his beautiful work. I want to put it here and whenever I feel like I need to step back from the politics I can find something lovely to reflect on. My regular readers will probably be confused, I apologize. I just love this book and I want to get back to looking for more beauty. I don't want to leave this world being only a Mean Progressive ...

In Mataluna: 151 Afghan Pashto Proverbs, Captain Edward Zellem offers the reader unexpected and exciting revelations from the history of the Afghan languages to the artwork inside. A key is given to make decipherable the Pashto alphabet and lends to a more beautiful experience as each page gives the proverb in English along with the beautiful script which had previously looked so foreign.

The depth of each proverb is explained and many come with pictures. The artwork is created by Afghan high school students. They are members of this culture whose interpretations and use of these lessons will shape their own futures. It shows their personal interpretations of each proverb. One can only imagine a similar project being offered in an American school of any level to mark the similarities or differences in interpretations.

The proverbs herein are beautiful and thought-provoking. Many have English equivalencies which bring close a culture that before seemed so distant and unfamiliar. The beauty in this piece is its poignant, yet unspoken, direction to its audience of our commonalities. The truths and wisdoms which have been handed down for centuries have been realized, independently, throughout the world.

This collection truly is an earnest accomplishment of honor. It has inspired me to take another path on my present journey of self-discovery. For the month of March, 2015, I will be taking a different proverb every day and relating it to my own understandings of my culture and my life. I imagine many souls would find revelation in these pages.

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