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Wednesday, March 02, 2005


The music in the film "Mar adentro" sounded Celtic and it was intriguing to hear people speaking Galega (Galician) as it's so ... so Portuguese! Galega has a fascinating history as a bilingual language and one day with more time I must get more informed about it. As far as I know the Portuguese language originated in Galicia (an autonomous community in South-West Spain). It was brought south to Portugal in the fifteenth century when "the Moorish kingdoms" of Spain and Portugal was re-conquered by Christian rulers. ( remembering there are different interpretations of this time in history).

In fact that whole time of history and mixing of languages and culture (Celtic, Roman, Arab, Jewish .... ) in such a small area of the world is a fascinating one. So much to learn from ... not enough time!!


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