Lord’s Prayer in Twa

The following Lord’s Prayer edition is in Twa, the language of the pygmies, on the continent of Africa.

Pygmies live in many countries in Africa, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, the Republic of Congo (ROC), the Central African Republic, Cameroon, the Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Madagascar, and Zambia.

The translator, Jean-Pierre Epombi, is pygmy.

HOTOHO SIEE
hotoho a siee oholio a lio
liyina li onge likumisame
bokonzi bonge boye
mokano moonge mokokesiame on se
ndenge eyita liyeli o lio
apa siee lasungo olo
lila lya ko na siee
lia ntango ikuma
limbisa ngasumu ga siee
ndenge etii siee mpe tonga limbisaka
bafa banga elaka siee bobe
batela siee mpo tonya howa
naa bita bikuma
bongo igya siee a bobe

English and Twa Dictionary Help 

Jean-Pierre Epombi has provided the following help with the words of the English prayer, that can be useful in understanding the prayer as it is spoken, above. …just don’t say it this way – take it as a reference, and as such it’s not meant to be grammatically correct! See the interlinear translation, below this section, for a translation back from Twa.

Jean-Pierre Epombi

OUR    FATHER    IN    HEAVEN
SIEE   HOTOHO    A     LIO

HALLOWED BE    YOUR      NAME
LIKUMISAME       ONGE      LIYINA

YOUR   KINGDOM         COME
ONGE   BOKONZI          BOYE

YOUR   WILL  BE        DONE 
ONGE MOKANO         MOKOKESIAME 

ON EARTH    AS IT IS            IN HEAVEN
ON SE              NDENGE        A LIO

GIVE US    TODAY      OUR     DAILY                            BREAD
APA SIEE LASUNGO SIEE      NTANGO IKUMA       OLO

FORGIVE    US     OUR     DEBTS
LIMBISA     SIEE SIEE     NGASUMU

AS              WE           ALSO     HAVE FORGIVEN
NDENGE SIEE         MPE      TONGA LIMBISAKA

OUR      DEBTORS
SIEE     BAFA BANGA ELAKA SIEE BOBE

AND LEAD       US        NOT    INTO    TEMPTATION
MPE BATELA SIEE     BITA   NAA       HOWA TONYA BIKUMA

BUT        DELIVER US        FROM      THE EVIL ONE
BONGO IGYA          SIEE     NA            BOBE

AMEN

Interlinear Translation

Note that this interlinear translation was done by our Director using the above dictionary and is still unconfirmed. The unconfirmed areas are in parentheses.

HOTOHO SIEE

hotoho a siee oholio a lio
father of ours <dwelling?> in heaven

liyina li onge likumisame
name of yours be hallowed

bokonzi bonge boye
kingdom of yours come

mokano moonge mokokesiame on se
will of yours           done                 on earth 

ndenge eyita liyeli o lio
as                                  heaven

apa siee lasungo olo     lila lya ko na siee
give us     today  bread                           us 

lia ntango ikuma
daily 

limbisa ngasumu ga siee
forgive    debts            ours

ndenge etii siee mpe tonga     limbisaka
as                   we  also    have    forgiven

bafa banga elaka siee bobe
(people who) owe    us (debts) 

batela siee  mpo   tonya howa naa bita bikuma
lead       us    not   temptation into

bongo igya      siee     a              bobe
but      deliver  us       from        the evil one.
Amen

Acknowledgment

We hope you’ve enjoyed the text translation. Grateful thanks to Jean-Pierre Epombi, translator, and Cesar Massanga, Coordonateur of Goodseed in the DRC, for arranging for this translation!  Audio coming soon, Godwilling.


Learn More

NHM Ministrants has embarked on a project to bring The Lord’s Prayer to the web in as many languages as possible. Click here to find more languages and Lord’s Prayer resources, including how to put on a multi-lingual event featuring the Lord’s Prayer in words and in song.

 
 

Categories Lord's Prayer | Tags: , | Posted on March 3, 2018

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