Oh Google…*sigh*

Here is a petition that I am going to ask my readers to please consider signing. Google translate takes the Yoruba word “Esu,” the name for the Deity of the Crossroads, and renders it in english as “devil”. um. no.

Not only is this inaccurate but it’s borderline religious discrimination. Hundreds of thousands of practitioners of the African Traditional Religions around the world pay homage to Him. We need about 298 more signatures (at the time that I’m posting this here). Please consider signing.

The petition is here.

eshu

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Posted on November 16, 2015, in African Traditional Religions, community, Polytheism, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. That’s terrible. Signed.

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  2. Happily signed.

    And, for feck’s sake…!?!

    But, it’s not unusual. When I took some students to the Shinto Shrine back in ’11, one of them had spent some time in Japan and knew a bit of Japanese. When Sensei–the high priest of the Shrine–was talking about one of the by-names of Sarutahiko-no-Okami being “Daimyo-jin,” that student said “Oh yeah, I’ve heard that one before–doesn’t it mean Head Demon?” Sensei smiled, as he usually does, and said “Well, not quite.” 😦

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  3. I love my wonder-working Baba! Ago mo jubara, Eshu!

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  4. Signed and shared on Facebook.

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  5. I’ve already signed it, but this time I shared it to by FB timeline.

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  6. Agh. Good job someone’s sorting this. Signed.

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  7. Reblogged this on The Words Swim, Waiting and commented:
    I just checked this, it’s legit. This is legit- I just checked. Google Translate takes “Esu” (there’s a dot under the ‘s’ which in Yoruba orthography apparently means the ‘sh’ pronunciation) and translates it as “devil”. So, so, wrong… The kindest interpretation is that they are relying on a dictionary written by some 19th century missionary…

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    • To clarify, I put the “this is legit” disclaimer for people reading my blog, not because I doubt Galina’s credibility. I always try to check these things out before boosting the signal… it’s probably to do with having retire parents who like to email me all kinds of stuff… 😉

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  8. So, so, wrong… The kindest interpretation is that they are relying on a dictionary written by some 19th century missionary…

    Signed, and boosted the signal.

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