Peace pole

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A peace pole in Spokane's Finch Arboretum, Washington.
The tallest (16.5 m (54 ft)) peace pole in the world on the campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. It is made of a 105 years old Sapele tree. 5 languages (Twi—a local language in Ghana, Hindi, Chinese, Swahili, and Arabic) have been used to express the peace prayer on the pole: "MAY PEACE BE ON EARTH".
Peace Pole in 12 languages at Alverno College, Milwaukee.
Peace pole near Hiroshima, Japan. The Japanese text is arranged vertically in the traditional Masahisa Goi's handwritting.
Peace pole at a church in Valparaiso, Indiana. Displays the Japanese text rotated, not arranged vertically.
Monument in memory of the 1998 embassy bomb blast victims from Nairobi (Kenya) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). Shows an unusual vertical arrangement of the engraved text.
Peace pole planted in Argotti Botanic Gardens (Floriana, Malta).
A peace marker with abbreviated texts in Dortmund, Germany.
A peace marker with abbreviated texts in Neuenrade, Germany.

A Peace Pole is a monument that displays the message "May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the language of the country where it has been placed, and usually 3 to 13 additional translations. The message often is referred to as a peace prayer, but sometimes it is not in order to avoid peace poles from being regarded as religious objects that violate zoning restrictions. A Quaker group in New York City ran into that problem year after year and never got permission to plant a peace pole in a park. At least one site refers to the phrase only as a Peace Message in order for there to be a reference to point to in such cases.[1]

The idea of Peace Poles was first thought up by Masahisa Goi in 1955 in Japan. The Peace Pole Project today is promoted by The World Peace Prayer Society as well as other groups and individuals. The first Peace Poles outside Japan were constructed in 1983.[2] Since then, more than 100,000 have been placed around the world in over 180 countries.[2]

Peace Poles are made of many materials. Most are made of wood. Others are made of limestone or copper or plastic or stainless steel. The text might be painted, carved, etched, welded, pasted, or riveted on. In some cases it merely is a plastic plaque attached with screws. In other cases it is the careful work of an artist or sculptor.

Peace Poles have been placed in such notable locations as the North Magnetic Pole, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, and the site of the Egyptian Pyramids in Giza, the Aiki Shrine in Iwama, Japan,[3] as well as numerous community parks. Frequently they are placed near the entrances of churches or schools. In one case, a garden, created for a wedding, was designed around the Peace Pole that was its center piece. The Republic of Molossia, a micronation, has a Peace Pole in eight languages.[4] The University of California, Los Angeles has a limestone peace pole with 14 languages directly in front of Kerckhoff Hall.

Perhaps the world's largest Peace Pole, at 52 feet (16 m), is located in Janesville, Wisconsin at the site of a KKK rally. The initial inspiration for planting Peace Poles often is as a response to a local issue like a KKK rally. Another of the largest Peace Poles in the world, as measured in tons, is the granite Peace Pole[5] in Beech Acres Park[6] near Cincinnati, Ohio. The original inspiration for it was hate literature left in the driveways of Jewish residents.

The message in each language[7][edit]

The multilingual inscription of a peace pole constitutes a parallel text with top-to-bottom sentences. Each one is usually shown:

  • rotated clockwise in languages using RTL scripts (English, Latin, ...)
  • rotated counterclockwise in languages using LTR scripts (Arabic, Hebrew, ...)
  • arranged vertically in languages using East Asian scripts (Japanese, Chinese, ...)

They can be set in different case styles (sentence case, title case all caps, small caps), even on a single pole.

Language Inscription (description)
Afrikaans

Mag Vrede Seëvier Op Aarde

Albanian

Paqe mbretëroftë në botë[8][9]

Algonquin

Quenohteau Ohke woh aquené omskauau[8]

Amharic

?[9]

Anishinaabe

Gidaa Awiibaa Mashkawisi Dakiiminan

Arabic

?[8]

?[9]

السلام للعالم أجمع

Armenian

?[9]

Aymara

Aka uraqinxa suma jakaña utjpa[9]

Chukiago marca sumalaca ken sisiñani

Azerbaijani (Latin)

Yašasın sülh bütün dünyada[10][8][11]

Bambara

Nyesuma ka ladamu dukukolo kokan[9]

Belarusian

?[9]

Bengali

?[9]

Bislama

Bambae pis i stap long wol[8][9]

Bulgarian

?[9]

Burmese

?[9]

Cambodian

?[9]

Cape Verdean / Kabuverdianu

Pa pas ka kaba na mundu[9]

Catalan / Valencian

Que la Pau Prevalgui a la Terra

Que la pau prevalgui a la terra[9]

Cherokee

ᎡᎶᎯᏃ ᏙᎯᏱ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ[8][12]

Chichewa / Nyanja

Mtendere ukhale pa dziko la pansi[8]

Mtendere ukhale padziko la pansi[9]

Chinese

?[8]

我們祝應世界人美的和平

我們祈禱世界人類的和平[13][14]

但願世界永遠和平[15]

可能和平在地球上占上风 [Kěnéng hépíng zài dìqiú shàng zhàn shàngfēng]

Chinese (Traditional)

我們祈願世界人類的和平[16]

Chinese, Mandarin

我们祝愿世界人类的和平[10][17][9][11][16][8][12]

Chinese, Mandarin (Latin)?

keyi xia gan wu shi le zai diqiu shang

Comorian

Amani oharimwa ye duniya kamili[9]

Creole (Haitian)

Pou lapè simaye dan lemond antye[9]

Creole (Seychellois)

Ki lape i rennyen dan lemonn[9]

Croatian

Neka mir zavlada na zemlji

Czech

Ať mír vždy vládne na Zemi[9]

Dakota

Makasitomniya wodakota ni[8]

Makȟasitoniya wodakȟota ni[8]

Danish

Må fred herske på jorden[8][9]

Dari / Afghan Persian

?[9]

Divehi / Dhivehi / Maldivian

?[9]

Douala / Duala

Ese̱le̱ musango mu be̱ O wase[8]

Dutch / Flemish

Moge vrede heersen op aarde[8][9]

Dzongkha

?[9]

English

May Peace Prevail On Earth[8][12] (title case)

May peace prevail on earth[10][9] (sentence case)

MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH[18] (all caps)

May peace prevail on earth (small caps)

Esperanto

PACO REGU SUR LA TERO[8][12]

Paco regu sur la tero

Estonian

Olgu maailmas rahu[9]

Filipino / Pilipino

Sana'y Manatili ang Kapayapáan sa Mundo[8]

Kapayapaan sa mundo[8] (shorter)

Finnish

Vallitkoon Rauha Maailmassa

Vallitkoon rauha maailmassa[8][9]

Vallitkoon rauha maailmas[8]

French

Puisse la Paix régner dans le Monde

Puisse la paix régner dans le monde[8][9]

Paix sur la terre![19] (abbr.)

Georgian

?[9]

German

Möge Friede auf Erden sein[8][12][9]

Friede auf Erden![20] (abbr.)

Greek

Εύχομαι να Επικρατήσει η Ειρήνη στον Κόσμο

Εύχομαι να επικρατήσει η ειρήνη στον κόσμο[8][9]

Guarani

Toiko Py'aguapy Tenondete Ko Arapy Rehe

Toiko py'aguapy tenondete ko arapy rehe[9]

Hausa

Zaman lafiya ta tabbata a duniya[9]

Hawaiian

E Ho'omaluhia Me Ka Honua[8]

Hebrew

ישרה שלום עלי אדמות[10][8][9]

Hmong

KOM KEV THAJ YEEB MAUJ RAU NTIAJ TEB NO[8]

Hopi

TUWA KWATSI ES LOOMA EYESNI[8]

Hungarian

Legyen béke a földön[8][9]

Icelandic

Megi friður ríkja á jörð[8][9]

Igbo

Ka udo diri n'uwa[9]

Ikiribati

Ke e teimatoa te rau i aonnaba[9]

Indonesian

Semoga damai di dunia[8][9]

Irish (Gaelic)

Go raibh síocháin ar domhain[8][9]

[Go raibh síocháin ar domhain]
Italian

Che la pace regni sulla terra[8][12][9]

Japanese

世界人類が平和でありますように[8][9]

(as Masahisa Goi's handwritting)
Kazakh

?[9]

Kikongo

Nbota luvuvamo luakala mu nsy ya wonssono[8]

Kikuyu

Thayú v́iyv́re thiine wa thi yothe[8]

THAYU UIYURE THIINE WA THI YOTHE[8]

Kituba

Ngemba kuvanda na n'toto[9]

Korean

세계인류의 평화가 이룩되도록[10][8][9][11][16]

Kurdish (Iraq)

?[9]

Kyrgyz

?[9]

Lakota

Makasitomniya wolakota ni[8]

Makȟasitoniya wolakȟota ni[8]

Unci Maka akan wolakota unkagapi kte[8]

Lao

?[9]

Latin

Regnet Pax Omnem Per Terram[8]

Pax in orbem praevaleat[8]

Et in terra pax hominibus[16]

Latvian

Lai būtu miers pasaulē[9]

Lingala

Kimia ezala na mokili[9]

Lithuanian

Tebūna pasaulyje taika[8][8]

Luxebourgish

Fridden op de Äerd[8]

Fridden mat allen Mënschen op der Welt[8]

Macedonian

?[9]

Malay

Semoga damai di dunia[8][9]

Malgasy

Enga anie hanjaka eran'izao tontolo izao ny fandriampahalemana[9]

Maltese

Jalla l-paċi ssaltan fid-dinja[9]

JALLA L-PACI SSALTAN FID-DINJA[21]

Maori

He maungārongo ki runga i te whenua[8][9]

Kia tau te rangimarie kei te whenua

Marshallese

Ainemon en bed ion lol in[9]

Miami

PEH-KO-KI-A A-KIN-KE-KWA-CI[8]

Mohawk

SKÉN:NEN KENHAK NÉ OHWENTSÁ:KE[8]

Romanian, Moldovan

Fie pace pe Pământ[9]

Mongolian

?[9]

Mongolian (Cyrillic)

?[9]

Mungaka

Mboni Ma Cie[8]

Nauruan

Enim mek iow eat eb[9]

Navajo

Nahasdzáán Bikáági Táá axtsogóó Hózhǫ́ǫ́ dooleex[8]

Nepali

?[9]

Norwegian

Måtte det være fred på jorden[8]

Ojibwe, Odawa

MAH NOH TAH BISON TAM GOT-EMAH AHKEENG KOGNIK[8]

Mah Noh Tah Bison Tam Got-e-mah Ahkeeng Kognik

Palauan

A budech bol mesisiich era belulachad[9]

Pashto

?[9]

Persian

?[9]

‎برقرار باد صلح در سراسر جهان

Pidgin

Pis mas istap long wol[9]

Polish

Niech będzie pokój na Ziemi[9]

Niech ludzkość świata żyje w pokoju[8]

Pokoj na ziemi![22] (abbr.)

Portuguese

Que a Paz Prevaleça na Terra

Que a Paz Prevaleça no Mundo

Que a paz prevaleça no mundo[8][9]

Potawatomi

Nojma jag gégo gdokmeshen edjedéyag[8]

Quechua

Kusi Kausay Kachun Kay Pachapi

Quechua (Bolivia)

Kay pachapi allin kawsay kachun[9]

Quechua (Peru)

Tiqsimuyupi allin kawsay kachun[9]

Romansch

Possia la pasch reger en il mund[9]

Russian

Да Будет Мир Человечеству во всем Мире

Да будет мир человечеству во всем мире[8][12][9]

Да будет мир на земле![8] (shorter)

Rwanda-Rundi:
  • Kinyarwanda
  • Kirundi

Amahoro n'aganze kw'isi hose[8]

Kinyarwanda

Amahoro n'aganze kw'isi hose[8][9]

Kirundi

Amahoro yosasagara mw'isi yose[9]

Samoan

la malo pea le filemu i le lalolagi[8][9]

Sangho

Siriri a douti na ndo ti sesse[9]

Sanskrit???

पृथिव्यां शांति अस्तु

Scottish Gaelic

Gum buadhaich sìth anns gach ceàrn dhe 'n t-saoghal[8]

Seminole

Hee-łom cho-bee po-baa-nom[8]

Seneca

Ja-wë-on Tha-yö-jeoK Yoë-dza-geh[8]

Serbo-Croatian:
  • Bosnian
  • Croatian
  • Montenegrin
  • Serbian

Neka mirzavlada na zemliji[8]

Serbo-Croatian:
  • Bosnian
  • Croatian
  • Serbian

Neka mir zavlada na zemliji[9]

Serbian (Cyrillic)

?[9]

Serbian (Latin)

?

Sesotho

Khotso e be teng lefatšeng[9]

Setswana

A kagiso e nne teng mo lefatsheng[9]

Shona

Runyararo ngaruveko pasi rose[9][11]

Northern Ndebele

Ukuthula kube semhlabeni[9][11]

Sinhalese

?[9]

රී ලංකාවේ සාමය පවතීවා

Sioux

Wo' wa'hwa la ma'ka a'kan u'num'we[8]

siSwati

Kuthula akube semhlabeni[9]

Slovak

Nech pokoj vždy vládne na Zemi[9]

Slovene

Naj mir zavlada svetu[9]

Naj mir zevlda svetu

Somali

Dunidu nabad ha ku waarto[8][9]

Spanish

Que la Paz Prevalezca En La Tierra[12]

Que la paz prevalezca en la tierra[10][8][9]

Swahili

Amani na iwepo duniani[8][9]

Swedish

Må fred råda på jorden[8][9]

Tagalog

Sana'y manatili ang kapayapáan sa daigdig[8]

Sana'y manatili ang kapayapaan sa daigdig[9]

Kapayapaan ay maghari sa daigdig[8] (shorter)

Kapayapaan sa mundo[8] (shorter, with Spanish loanwords)

Tajik

?[9]

Tamil???

?[9]

இலங்கையில் சமாதானம் நிலவட்டும்

Tetum

Dame ba mundu tomak[9]

Thai

?[9]

Tigrinya

?[9]

Tongan

Fakatauange ke toka 'a e melino 'i mamani kotoa[9]

Tshiluba

Bupole buikale pa buloba[9]

Turkish

Dünyada Barış Daim Olsun

Dünyada barış daim olsun[8][9]

Yurtta Bariş Dünyada Bariş[8]

(motto of Turkey)
Turkmen

?[9]

Tuscororan

Rih Wharaku Ahske-ne Ticunuwehne[8]

Tuvaluan

Ke tumau te filemu ite lalolagi[8][9]

Twi

Asomdwoe nka wiasefo[9]

Ukrainian

?[9]

Urdu

?[9]

Uzbek

Dunyoda tinchlik bo'lsin[9]

Vietnamese

Nguyện xin hòa bình đến với toàn thể nhân loại trên thế giới[8]

Cầu chúc hòa bình cho toàn nhân loại trên thế giới[9]

Cầu hoà bình cho toàn nhân loai tren thế giới

Welsh

Mai Dangnefedd Prevail acha Briddo

Tangnefedd ar y ddaear[8]

Wolof

Na jàmm yàgg ci aduna[9]

Yoruba

Alàáfíà fún gbogbo àgbáyé[9]

(Language labels) [English, French, ...][23]
Music (score)


\header {
  title = "Let There Be Peace on Earth" % = piece
}
<<
  \relative c' {
     \set Staff.midiInstrument = #"tubular bells"
    % \override Score.SpacingSpanner.strict-note-spacing = ##t % spacing not influenced by bars
    % \override Score.SpacingSpanner.uniform-stretching = ##t
    \set Score.proportionalNotationDuration = #(ly:make-moment 1/3) % proportional notation
    % \override Score.SpacingSpanner.base-shortest-duration = #(ly:make-moment 1/8) % shortest duration (default=1/8)
    \time 3/4
    \once \set Score.proportionalNotationDuration = #(ly:make-moment 1/2)
    c2.
    c2 b4
    c2 d4
    e2 f4
    \once \set Score.proportionalNotationDuration = #(ly:make-moment 1/8)
    g4 c,4 a'4
    g2 c,4
    % \once \set Score.proportionalNotationDuration = #(ly:make-moment 1/3)
    d2.\<~
    \once \set Score.proportionalNotationDuration = #(ly:make-moment 1/2)
    d2 r4
  }
  \addlyrics {
    \override LyricText.font-family = #'sans
    \override LyricText.font-shape = #'italic
    \override LyricText.font-size = #-4
    Let | there be | peace on | earth and
    let it be -- | gin with | me. __
  }
>>

(from "Let There Be Peace on Earth" song)[24]


\header {
  title = "Imagine" % = piece
}
<<
  \relative c'' {
    \set Staff.midiInstrument = #"acoustic piano"
    % \override Score.SpacingSpanner.strict-note-spacing = ##t
    \set Score.proportionalNotationDuration = #(ly:make-moment 1/8)
    \key f \major
    \override Staff.TimeSignature.style = #'numbered
    \time 4/4
    r8 d8[ f8 d8] f4 a8 a8
    g16( f16 d8) r4 r2
    e8 e4. e4 f8 g8~
    \set Score.proportionalNotationDuration = #(ly:make-moment 1/2)
    g2 \bar "||"
  }
  \addlyrics {
    \override LyricText.font-family = #'sans
    \override LyricText.font-shape = #'italic
    \override LyricText.font-size = #-4
    I -- ma -- gine all the peo -- | ple __ __ |
    li -- ving life in peace. __
  }
>>

(from "Imagine" song)[24]
(Animal tracks / Paw prints) [🐾][25][26] (alligator, badger, bear, beaver, bison, bobcat, caribou, deer, dog, elephant, grasshopper, heron, kangaroo, mountain goat, opossum, otter, penguin, skunk, turkey, turtle, wild boar)[8]
(Human feet prints) [👣][27][28]
(Leaf prints) [🍁][27]
(Dove with olive branch) [🕊][25]
(Earth) [🗺][23][25]
(Voice recordings / Audio) (audio in many languages)[29]
(Audiovisual) (video in many languages)[30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peace Poles made by an Artist". 
  2. ^ a b The World Peace Prayer Society
  3. ^ Aikido Hawaii
  4. ^ molossia.org
  5. ^ the granite Peace Pole
  6. ^ Beech Acres Park
  7. ^ Translation sources:
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc Peace Pole Translations of "May Peace Prevail on Earth", by Joel Selmeier, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci cj ck cl cm cn co cp cq cr cs ct cu cv cw cx cy cz da db dc dd "Prayer for World Peace in various languages", www-peace.sakura.ne.jp, 2017
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Prayer for World Peace: The Prayer May Peace Prevail on Earth in many of the World's languages" (section "Spread the Message"), The World Peace Prayer Society
  11. ^ a b c d e "Peace Poles & Flags for Peace Path", www-peace.sakura.ne.jp
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h "Molossia's Peace Pole", Republic of Molossia, 2017
  13. ^ http://blog.xuite.net/penny37322/twblog/147794019
  14. ^ http://blog.xuite.net/vickie657/travel/23691084-%E6%B2%92%E4%BA%8B%E5%B9%B9%E5%AE%B6%E6%97%8F%E3%80%82%E9%98%BF%E9%87%8C%E5%B1%B1%E8%B3%9E%E6%AB%BB%E4%B9%8B%E6%97%85
  15. ^ http://blog.udn.com/jennytsenginseattle/2208659
  16. ^ a b c d "Other Languages", www-peace.sakura.ne.jp, 2017
  17. ^ "About" ("Twitter" section), The World Peace Prayer Society (Japan)
  18. ^ File:PeacePole.jpg
  19. ^ File:Neuenrade_Küntrop_-_Küntroper_Straße_-_Sankt_Georg_03_ies.jpg
  20. ^ File:Dortmund_-_Deusener_Straße_-_St._Stephanus_05_ies.jpg File:Neuenrade_Küntrop_-_Küntroper_Straße_-_Sankt_Georg_03_ies.jpg
  21. ^ File:Malta_-_Floriana_-_Triq_Vincenzo_Bugeja_-_Argotti_Botanic_Gardens_07_ies.jpg
  22. ^ File:Dortmund_-_Deusener_Straße_-_St._Stephanus_05_ies.jpg File:Neuenrade_Küntrop_-_Küntroper_Straße_-_Sankt_Georg_03_ies.jpg
  23. ^ a b "Large Round Peace Pole", by Joel Selmeier, 2011
  24. ^ a b "Music Notes", by Joel Selmeier, 2013
  25. ^ a b c "Resin Peace Pole 1" (and ["2"), by Joel Selmeier, 2014
  26. ^ https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/6d/93/03/6d9303b5285e0840c90935f1b45666d4.jpg
  27. ^ a b "Garden Pole – 4-Sided", Peace Poles Makers USA, 2017
  28. ^ https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/b8/6c/0c/b86c0c7a108e89eeee8a65be34c81ce5.jpg
  29. ^ "Voice recordings", by Joel Selmeier, 2015
    "Prayer for World Peace in various languages" (QuickTime audios), www-peace.sakura.ne.jp, 2017
  30. ^ "Sequentially Voiced 'May Peace Prevail on Earth' with Earth Image", www-peace.sakura.ne.jp, 2017

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