What’s this all about you say? I thought we were in ‘lockdown’?
Yesterday a blogger in New York (Amy Rose) commented that she found the word ‘lockdown’ (widely used in the British press and even on my beloved Channel 4 news) a bit negative, with connotations of prison.
Hey Jude! (a blogger in Cornwall) says that she has a New Zealand blogging friend who is using the word ‘rāhui’, which has a subtler, more benign connotation, implying (by my reading) consensual closure.
In her words it means ‘to put in place a temporary ritual prohibition, closed season, ban, reserve – traditionally a rāhui was placed on an area, resource or stretch of water as a conservation measure, or as a means of social and political control for a variety of reasons … A rāhui is a device for separating people from tapu [sacred – my translation?] things. After an agreed lapse of time, the rāhui is lifted.’
Ok – since (if you are reading), my aim is to lift your spirits (but primarily my own!), I’m running with it.
Everything is yellow (with a dash of blue) on this post today, since yellow is the colour that I find most elevating.
PS My computer is so slow tonight at 7pm French time (the bells are ringing!) that I think everyone in this village of 150 souls must be online with me. There’s community spirit for you.