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THE WIRE

Unraveling The Secret Of The Taj Mahal's Original Color

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Italian Revisited, Pinocchio Translated Into Emoji Language

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SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

Welcome To The Metadata Society — And Beware

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Your Ego Online, Psychoanalysis In The Social Media Age



ECONOMIC OBSERVER

"Rich Brats' And Me: The Struggles Of Chinese Studying Abroad


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Hungry Students? Postponed Exams? Ramadan In German Schools


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Urban Planners Find Smart Design In Argentine Shantytowns

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

Claudia Andrade

NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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