Finally, the 18th Conlang Relay text. I loved this text. With a little tweaking (which I did, of course) it was a story about two legendary KÄ“leni culture-heroes. 🙂
The first sentence is:
Ã±i jakÄellÄ«Ã± jarÄ“spe sÅ« janÅ«wa Ä«;
And right away, as the object of Ã±i, we have an unfamiliar word. I had to create this word for the relay, though I had the concept of the thing already. I also had to create related words, of course. Anyway, jakÄellÄ«Ã± refers to a small (6-30 inches in height) statue, traditionally carved from jade (ankÄelle) though other materials can be used. Traditional subjects for jakÄellÄ«Ã±i include deities, heroes, ancestors, animals, and sometimes trees. They are usually displayed in niches decorated with cloth and plant matter, and they are considered lucky. They are not used directly as idols or for worship, despite the fact that many have a religious significance.