dilluns, 1 de setembre de 2014

...sense títol

Hyvää maanantaita (monday_dilluns) kaikille!
After a well deserved holiday, our blog reopens its doors and gives you all, again, a warm welcome! But talking about... welcoming... does anyone knows which is the object from the New World that represents hospitality? _Després d'unes merescudes vacances (per què no) el blog reobre les seves portes i us dona, novament, la benvinguda a tots. Però... parlant de benvingudes... sabeu quin és l'objecte que, tradicionalment, des de la descoberta del Nou Continent, representa l'hospitalitat?


That's it... the pineapple. But... why? _Efectivament... la pinya. Però... per què?


The plant is indigenous to South America and is said to originate from the area between southern Brazil and Paraguay. The natives of southern Brazil and Paraguay spread the pineapple throughout South America, and it eventually reached the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico. Columbus encountered the pineapple in 1493 on the leeward island of Guadeloupe. He called it piña de Indes, meaning "pine of the Indians," and brought it back with him to Europe. _La pinya és originària de sud-Amèrica. Més concretament de la regió situada entre Brasil i Paraguay. Els natius d'aquestes terres aviat la van extendre cap al Carib, centre-Amèrica i Mèxic. No va ser fins l'any 1493 que va ser descoberta pels europeus... Cristòfol Colom, en el seu segon viatge, la va trobar a l'illa de Guadalupe, i la va anomenar pinya d'índies, ja que recordava a les pinyes dels pins.

King Charles II of England posing for his royal portrait while being gifted a pineapple by the Royal Gardener, John Rose, 1675 
_El Rei Carles II d'Anglaterra davant del sue jardiner que li ofereix una pinta, John Rose, 1675   

In the Caribbean, Europe and North America, the pineapple became associated with the return of ships from extended voyages, and an emblem of welcome and hospitality. To the Carib, the pineapple symbolized hospitality, and the Spaniards soon learned they were welcome if a pineapple was placed by the entrance to a village. This symbolism spread to Europe, then to Colonial North America, where it became the custom to carve the shape of a pineapple into the columns at the entrance of a plantation. According to the legend, the captain would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside his home to let his friends know of his safe return from sea. The pineapple was an invitation for them to visit, share his food and drink, and listen to tales of his voyage. _Al Carib, a Europa i a nord-Amèrica, la pinya s'associava amb el retorn dels vaixells que realitzaven grans travesses marítimes, i va esdevenir ràpidamnt un emblema de benvinguda i hospitalitat. Del Carib, la simbologia va arribar a Europa i a l'Amèrica Colonial de la mà dels espanyols, on pinyes esculturals reposaven damunt de columnes a l'entrada de les plantacions.  Segons la llegenda, els capitans colocaven pinyes a la tanca de les seves cases per fer notar als seus amiss que havien tornat sans i estalvis, i els conovidava a passar i a menjar les delícies del Nou Món mentre escoltaven les seves històries.


John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, in 1761, in Scotland, took this symbology to its highest level! _Hi ha qui va arribar a dur aquesta simbologia al més alt extrem! Va ser John Murray, quart comte de Dunmore, l'any 1761, a Escòcia.


Nauttikaa! Enjoy_Gaudiu!
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