For the Sake of Clarity…

Some of the responses to my last update have led me to believe I’ve managed to confuse some of my readers as to which areas and languages I’m talking about. Unfortunately, I have to be a bit unclear by design on this channel of communication. Nonetheless, let me take a stab at un-confusing the chronology…

This Year in Review…

I’m in my home area of Northern California this month resting, recuperating, speaking, visiting, and, most importantly, acquiring a new visa to return to my country of assignment, this time to my region of assignment to begin work among the *muniyo people. God has been faithful to bring me through cultural adaptation (which does not…

What is Lying?

What is lying? Are there times when telling somebody something untrue isn’t lying? Are there times when lying is OK (or at least worth doing in order to uphold some greater value than honesty)? These are questions I more or less never had to ask myself in my own home culture. However, here in this…

Ghosts, Spirits, and Haunted Trees

This note takes place on “Language School Island”, in a very different culture from the *Muniyo people. However, the general principles discussed through (and especially at the end of) this post seem to me to still apply. Different forms of animism can look very different in some ways and strikingly similar in others. “Do I…