[b-hebrew] YHWH pronunciation - Cherokee?

tladatsi at charter.net tladatsi at charter.net
Wed Jul 27 21:33:13 EDT 2005

Dr. Segall,

It is true that the Cherokee word for Yahweh is Yi-Ho-Wa 
but that is because the majority of Cherokee (or Tsalagi as 
they refer to themselves in their own language) coverted to 
Christianity 200 years ago and simply transliterated the 
Yahweh to Yi-Ho-Wa.  The Cherokee word for Jesus is * tsi-
sa * and for Lord it is * ga-lu-hlo *.  I doubt anyone 
would claim these conserve ancient Hebrew pronounciations. 
To the extent that modern Cherokees are Christian, their 
beliefs are no doubt have some similarity to Phariseeic 
Judaism.  Their pre-Columbian beliefs are however, not so 
similar.  Do-na-da-`go-v-i (which is to say...Shalom).

Jack Tladatsi

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