Friday, December 11, 2015

Cheyenne, Wyoming

O is for Ornelas:  Jesus is not a common name in the English-speaking world but it is common among Spanish-speakers. Of course, it is pronounced differently, and more like the original Greek. Around the world the name Jesus spread, from the eastern Mediterranean, to Greece, then Rome, onto Spain and then the Americas. But the cultural boundary between Hispanic and English culture acted as a barrier to diffusion. Instead, Anglophones adopted the Hebrew name for Christ: Joshua, from Yeshu. As for Ornelas, it means "place of eagles." Mount Olivet Cemetery. [2013]

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