Glossolalia

December 5th, 2012

Interesting photograph! What do you think is going on?

The dude, lying on his back, has just been entered by the Holy Spirit and he has Glossolalia or speaking in tongues.

“ Glossolalia or speaking in tongues is the fluid vocalizing (or less commonly, the writing) of speech-like syllables which lack any readily comprehended meaning, in some cases as part of religious practice. “
…from Wikipedia

People, who speak in tongues claim that they are having a religious ecstatic experience and that they have no control over what they are saying. They claim it’s not gibberish but language that only the devout can understand along with Angels and of course God.

And where do you start speaking in tongues? If you are at home all by yourself watching, “ Here comes Honey Boo Boo “ do you just start talking? Maybe other people have to be around…hmm say a group of people at a religious revival service or just plain old church. From what I’ve read and researched, one needs an audience. Who’s going to “ Praise Jesus “ if you’re all alone? Your cat?

“ In 1972, William J. Samarin, a linguist from the University of Toronto, published a thorough assessment of Pentecostal glossolalia that became a classic work on its linguistic characteristics. His assessment was based on a large sample of glossolalia recorded in public and private Christian meetings in Italy, The Netherlands, Jamaica, Canada and the USA over the course of five years
Samarin found that glossolalic speech does resemble human language in some respects. The speaker uses accent, rhythm, intonation and pauses to break up the speech into distinct units. Each unit is itself made up of syllables, the syllables being formed from consonants and vowels taken from a language known to the speaker: “
…from Wikipedia

So where’s the sample of Glossolalia? It’s coming and it’s a crazy one, so just hold on for a few more paragraphs.

So if you only speak in tongues when you’re with a group of your peers, perhaps you learn it from observing them? Perhaps Glossolalia is a learned behaviour.

“ Glossolalia can be easily learned through direct instruction, along with demonstrations that tongue speakers can initiate and terminate glossolalia upon request and can exhibit glossolalia in the absence of any indexes of trance support the hypothesis that glossolalia utterances are goal-directed actions rather than involuntary happenings.
The admittedly fraudulent preacher Marjoe Gortner described in a 1977 interview how people learn glossolalia in a highly emotional religious setting.
“Tongues is something you learn,” he emphasized. “It is a releasing that you teach yourself. You are told by your peers, the church, and the Bible — if you accept it literally — that the Holy Ghost speaks in another tongue; you become convinced that it is the ultimate expression of the spirit flowing through you. The first time maybe you’ll just go dut-dut-dut-dut, and that’s about all that will get out. Then you’ll hear other people and next night you may go dut-dut-dut-UM-dut-DEET-dut-dut, and it gets a little better. The next thing you know, it’s ela-hando-satelay-eek-condele-mosandrey-aseya … and it’s a new language you’ve got down.”
…also from Wikipedia
Ok so here you go. Here is a great example of Glossolalia or speaking in tongues. I don’t know how you will react to the following video but please let me know. I found it disturbing on countless levels but don’t let that stop you from watching and listening and learning.
Goonie ged fro la li snip horkle swertlow dut tee!!!!

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