I’ve seen a few of Alan’s Words with No English Translation ds106 posts and decided to jump in the “lost in translation” fun. I drew the random word, “Biritululo.” Which apparently best translates as,
“What do you normally do when you have a dispute? Do you talk things over? Go to court? Well, in New Guinea, to settle disputes, the people rely on biritululo. Biritululo is the act of comparing yams (and I am hoping that is meant in the literal sense) to settle a dispute”
This reminded me of the many nonsensical tests that were used to determine whether or not one was a witch. My favorite test is the well know, if you float your a witch (burn her!) and if you don’t your innocent (and drown). Lose, lose.
Here’s a lovely Monty Python skit from the Holy Grail which revisits the “She’s a Witch!” theme.
The image is a CC licensed witch by miss pink 26. I did a little recoloring work in Photoshop and added, “Biritulio” using Old London font from DaFont.
12 responses to “She’s a Witch!”
Build a bridge out of her! Brilliant interpretation!
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I love how you didn’t make this literal. I also love that Monty Python sketch too, so this is really a double win. I will refrain from commenting on yams.
I won’t refrain from commenting on yams. I don’t’ believe it for a minute. I think MBS is spinning a yarn once again. Or maybe it is yarns that are supposed to be compared to settle a dispute.
On what sort of basis are the good people of New Guinea supposed to compare their yams? Size, flavor, shape, windspeed? I mean such a game is ripe for rigging.
Moving on from yams or yarns, just want to say this is another great contribution to a pretty cool assignment. It’s’ cool to be leaving 2011 behind with such happy happenings as doing ds106 assignments and getting feedbacks from all over the world.
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In my experience, yams aren’t very riggable. The question is the extent to which size matters. And whether they float in water.
They turned me into a newt….I got better!
@Alan @Giulia and @jimgroom I think I spent the better part of 9th and 10th grade trading these quotes and others from Holy Grail, Meaning of Life, and Life of Brian with friends. “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!”
@scottlo and @lisa I think we may have stumbled into a ds106 yam assignment. http://www.hamandyam.com/festival-info/complete-schedule-of-events/whats-that-yam-thing-contest
Blue…no, green…no, a yam meme: http://lisahistoryds106.posterous.com/yamboat.
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