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- qe.ku.re | 隠れ (kakure) | concealed, hidden; crypto-, underground
- ku.ra | 倉 (kura) | a cellar, a depository, a granary, a magazine, a treasury, a warehouse
- Κόρκῡρα (Korkyra) | Kerkyra, Corcyra, Corfu
A notable example of the cryptic meaning of Kerkyra, Greece, is that of the Aghios Franghiscos of Assisi. This church is among the oldest in Kerkyra and features a crypt (reliquary), which contains the holy relics of three saints. Reliquaries appear to have been regular features in Kerkyran churches. The Minoan reference suggests that these reliquaries antedate Christianity and that they were used to house the sacred relics of heroes or, perhaps, the icons of deities. ku.ma.ju qe.ku.re appears to be a reference to the temple of Arktemis (Artemis) on Kerkyra. Excavation of the ruins could, perhaps, reveal a reliquary.
- Corfu Churches / Monasteries. Ionian Guide.com. Ret. on 29 Nov 2011.
- Relics. Catholic Online. Ret. on 30 Apr 2015 .
Entry added on 30 Apr 2015
- qe.ri.ja | 仮屋 (kariya) | temporary residence or shelter
- qe.ri.ja | カリヤ (kariya) | Kal’ya
Kal’ya (Qal’ya), [Israel]
Younger transcribes this word as qe.ra2.ja (qe-ri-ja.ja) with the suggested alternate, qe.ri.ja; however, the compelling evidence for the latter is the basis for this entry.
Qal’ya is an Israeli settlement on the north shore of the Dead Sea. Its name is said to be derived from kalium, which is Latin for the abundant potassium that is found in the region. However, I am inclined to believe that kalium, rather than Kal’ya, is the eponym, as is typical with many chemical elements, and that Arabic al qalīy “calcined ashes” is a reanalysis of the toponym that was likely derived from an ancient, possibly Minoan, word.
Not far from the settlement of Qal’ya are the 11 caves where nearly 900 Dead Sea scrolls have been found. While some scholars believe that the caves constituted a library system for the storage of scrolls, other scholars believe that some caves were also used as shelters. Cave 11Q provides evidence for the latter belief. According to Taylor [2012:8], some artifacts–such as bits of basketry, a knife, and some pottery–found at the front part of the cave suggest brief habitation. Consequently, excavator Roland du Vaux characterizes this cave as a habitée. Taylor elaborates: “[Travelers who deposited] the scrolls . . . presumably used the front part for temporary shelter, since it would have taken a long time to reach this cave from Qumran.”
While scholars date the deposits of scrolls as early as the second century BCE, the use of caves as shelter is timeless, and it is reasonable to believe that the caves were used by travelers and refugees when the Minoans were trading about. Compare the popularly known Kalyan caves near Mumbai, India, which were built to provide rest for travelers between the ancient ports of Kalyan and Sopara.
For a discussion regarding the use of potash, see si.di.ja.
- Kalya. Wikipedia.org. Ret. on 13 Sep 2012.
- List of chemical-element-name etymologies. Wikipedia.org. Ret. on 13 Sep 2012.
- Mumbai: Kanheri Caves. Mary Ann Campbell. Pbase.com. Ret. on 13 Sep 2012.
- Qumran. Wikipedia.org. Ret. on 13 Sep 2012.
Entry added on 14 Sep 2012
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