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 200,000 have been placed around the world in close to 200 countries.[2]

Peace Poles are made of many materials; most are made of wood, while others are made of limestone, copper, plastic or stainless steel. The text might be painted, carved, etched, welded, pasted, or riveted on, or it might simply be 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, the site of the Egyptian Pyramids in Giza, and the Aiki Shrine in Iwama, Japan.[3] Peace Poles are commonly installed at high-profile public gathering places, such as community parks or 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 centerpiece. 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.

The initial inspiration for planting a Peace Pole often is as a response to a local historic hate crime, incident or issue. The world's second-largest Peace Pole, at 52 feet (16 m),[5] is located in Janesville, Wisconsin at the site of a 1992 KKK rally (Saturday, May 30).[6][7][8] Another of the largest Peace Poles in the world, as measured in tons, is the granite Peace Pole[9] in Beech Acres Park[10] near Cincinnati, Ohio, inspired by hate literature left in the driveways of Jewish residents.

In September 2016, the World Peace Prayer Society and the Little Free Library project announced a collaboration to offer a new Peace Pole Library structure. It features the standard Peace Pole message of peace - "May Peace Prevail on Earth” - in a six-foot library. Some of these new libraries were installed at locations significant to the civil rights movement, such as the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.[11][12]

The message in each language[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 LTR scripts (English, Latin, ...)
  • rotated counterclockwise in languages using RTL 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[13][14]
Algonquin Quenohteau Ohke woh aquené omskauau[13]
Amharic ?[14]
Anishinaabe Gidaa Awiibaa Mashkawisi Dakiiminan
Arabic ?[13]
?[14]
السلام للعالم أجمع
Armenian ?[14]
Aymara Aka uraqinxa suma jakaña utjpa[14]
Chukiago marca sumalaca ken sisiñani
Azerbaijani (Latin) Yašasın sülh bütün dünyada[15][13][16]
Bafut Àyǝʼǝtɨ anɨ mǝ tá mbɔɔnǝ kwɛrɨ nsɨe ntsɨm
Bambara Nyesuma ka ladamu dukukolo kokan[14]
Belarusian ?[14]
Bengali ?[14]
Bislama Bambae pis i stap long wol[13][14]
Bulgarian ?[14]
Burmese ?[14]
Cambodian ?[14]
Cape Verdean / Kabuverdianu Pa pas ka kaba na mundu[14]
Catalan / Valencian Que la Pau Prevalgui a la Terra
Que la pau prevalgui a la terra[14]
Cherokee ᎡᎶᎯᏃ ᏙᎯᏱ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ[13][17]
Chichewa / Nyanja Mtendere ukhale pa dziko la pansi[13]
Mtendere ukhale padziko la pansi[14]
Chinese ?[13]
我們祈禱世界人類的和平[18][19]
但願世界永遠和平[20]
Chinese (Traditional) 我們祈願世界人類的和平[21]
Chinese, Mandarin 我们祝愿世界人类的和平[15][22][14][16][21][13][17]
Chinese, Mandarin (Latin)? keyi xia gan wu shi le zai diqiu shang
Comorian Amani oharimwa ye duniya kamili[14]
Creole (Haitian) Pou lapè simaye dan lemond antye[14]
Creole (Seychellois) Ki lape i rennyen dan lemonn[14]
Croatian Neka mir zavlada na zemlji
Czech Ať mír vždy vládne na Zemi[14]
Dakota Makasitomniya wodakota ni[13]
Makȟasitoniya wodakȟota ni[13]
Danish Må fred herske på jorden[13][14]
Dari / Afghan Persian ?[14]
Divehi / Dhivehi / Maldivian ?[14]
Douala / Duala Ese̱le̱ musango mu be̱ O wase[13]
Dutch / Flemish Moge vrede heersen op aarde[13][14]
Dzongkha ?[14]
English May Peace Prevail On Earth[13][17] (title case)
May peace prevail on earth[15][14] (sentence case)
MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH[23] (all caps)
May peace prevail on earth (small caps)
Esperanto PACO REGU SUR LA TERO[13][17]
Paco regu sur la tero
Estonian Olgu maailmas rahu[14]
Filipino / Pilipino Sana'y Manatili ang Kapayapáan sa Mundo[13]
Kapayapaan sa mundo[13] (shorter)
Finnish Vallitkoon Rauha Maailmassa
Vallitkoon rauha maailmassa[13][14]
Vallitkoon rauha maailmas[13]
French Puisse la Paix régner dans le Monde
Puisse la paix régner dans le monde[13][14]
Paix sur la terre![24] (abbr.)
Galician Que a paz prevaleza na Terra[14]
Georgian ?[14]
German Möge Friede auf Erden sein[13][17][14]
Friede auf Erden![25] (abbr.)
Greek Εύχομαι να Επικρατήσει η Ειρήνη στον Κόσμο
Εύχομαι να επικρατήσει η ειρήνη στον κόσμο[13][14]
Guarani Toiko Py'aguapy Tenondete Ko Arapy Rehe
Toiko py'aguapy tenondete ko arapy rehe[14]
Hausa Zaman lafiya ta tabbata a duniya[14]
Hawaiian E Ho'omaluhia Me Ka Honua[13]
Hebrew ישרה שלום עלי אדמות[15][13][14]
Hmong KOM KEV THAJ YEEB MAUJ RAU NTIAJ TEB NO[13]
Hopi TUWA KWATSI ES LOOMA EYESNI[13]
Hungarian Legyen béke a földön[13][14]
Icelandic Megi friður ríkja á jörð[13][14]
Igbo Ka udo diri n'uwa[14]
Ikiribati Ke e teimatoa te rau i aonnaba[14]
Indonesian Semoga damai di dunia[13][14]
Irish (Gaelic) Go raibh síocháin ar domhain[13][14] [Go raibh síocháin ar domhain]
Italian Che la pace regni sulla terra[13][17][14]
Japanese 世界人類が平和でありますように[13][14] (as Masahisa Goi's handwritting)
Kazakh ?[14]
Kikongo Nbota luvuvamo luakala mu nsy ya wonssono[13]
Kikuyu Thayú v́iyv́re thiine wa thi yothe[13]
THAYU UIYURE THIINE WA THI YOTHE[13]
Kituba Ngemba kuvanda na n'toto[14]
Korean 세계인류의 평화가 이룩되도록[15][13][14][16][21]
Kurdish (Iraq) ?[14]
Kyrgyz ?[14]
Lakota Makasitomniya wolakota ni[13]
Makȟasitoniya wolakȟota ni[13]
Unci Maka akan wolakota unkagapi kte[13]
Lao ?[14]
Latin Regnet Pax Omnem Per Terram[13]
Pax in orbem praevaleat[13]
Et in terra pax hominibus[21]
Latvian Lai būtu miers pasaulē[14]
Lingala Kimia ezala na mokili[14]
Lithuanian Tebūna pasaulyje taika[13][13]
Luxebourgish Fridden op de Äerd[13]
Fridden mat allen Mënschen op der Welt[13]
Macedonian ?[14]
Malay Semoga damai di dunia[13][14]
Malgasy Enga anie hanjaka eran'izao tontolo izao ny fandriampahalemana[14]
Maltese Jalla l-paċi ssaltan fid-dinja[14]
JALLA L-PACI SSALTAN FID-DINJA[26]
Maori He maungārongo ki runga i te whenua[13][14]
Kia tau te rangimarie kei te whenua
Marshallese Ainemon en bed ion lol in[14]
Miami PEH-KO-KI-A A-KIN-KE-KWA-CI[13]
Mohawk SKÉN:NEN KENHAK NÉ OHWENTSÁ:KE[13]
Romanian, Moldovan Fie pace pe Pământ[14]
Mongolian ?[14]
Mongolian (Cyrillic) ?[14]
Mungaka Mboni Ma Cie[13]
Nauruan Enim mek iow eat eb[14]
Navajo Nahasdzáán Bikáági Táá axtsogóó Hózhǫ́ǫ́ dooleex[13]
Nepali ?[14]
Norwegian Måtte det være fred på jorden[13]
Ojibwe, Odawa MAH NOH TAH BISON TAM GOT-EMAH AHKEENG KOGNIK[13]
Mah Noh Tah Bison Tam Got-e-mah Ahkeeng Kognik
Palauan A budech bol mesisiich era belulachad[14]
Pashto ?[14]
Persian ?[14]
برقرار باد صلح در سراسر جهان
Pidgin Pis mas istap long wol[14]
Polish Niech będzie pokój na Ziemi[14]
Niech ludzkość świata żyje w pokoju[13]
Pokoj na ziemi![27] (abbr.)
Portuguese Que a Paz Prevaleça na Terra
Que a Paz Prevaleça no Mundo
Que a paz prevaleça no mundo[13][14]
Potawatomi Nojma jag gégo gdokmeshen edjedéyag[13]
Quechua Kusi Kausay Kachun Kay Pachapi
Quechua (Bolivia) Kay pachapi allin kawsay kachun[14]
Quechua (Peru) Tiqsimuyupi allin kawsay kachun[14]
Romansch Possia la pasch reger en il mund[14]
Russian Да Будет Мир Человечеству во всем Мире
Да будет мир человечеству во всем мире[13][17][14]
Да будет мир на земле![13] (shorter)
Rwanda-Rundi:
  • Kinyarwanda
  • Kirundi
Amahoro n'aganze kw'isi hose[13]
Kinyarwanda Amahoro n'aganze kw'isi hose[13][14]
Kirundi Amahoro yosasagara mw'isi yose[14]
Samoan la malo pea le filemu i le lalolagi[13][14]
Sangho Siriri a douti na ndo ti sesse[14]
Sanskrit??? पृथिव्यां शांति अस्तु
Scottish Gaelic Gum buadhaich sìth anns gach ceàrn dhe 'n t-saoghal[13]
Seminole Hee-łom cho-bee po-baa-nom[13]
Seneca Ja-wë-on Tha-yö-jeoK Yoë-dza-geh[13]
Serbo-Croatian:
  • Bosnian
  • Croatian
  • Montenegrin
  • Serbian
Neka mirzavlada na zemliji[13]
Serbo-Croatian:
  • Bosnian
  • Croatian
  • Serbian
Neka mir zavlada na zemliji[14]
Serbian (Cyrillic) ?[14]
Serbian (Latin) ?
Sesotho Khotso e be teng lefatšeng[14]
Setswana A kagiso e nne teng mo lefatsheng[14]
Shona Runyararo ngaruveko pasi rose[14][16]
Northern Ndebele Ukuthula kube semhlabeni[14][16]
Sinhalese ?[14]
රී ලංකාවේ සාමය පවතීවා
Sioux Wo' wa'hwa la ma'ka a'kan u'num'we[13]
siSwati Kuthula akube semhlabeni[14]
Slovak Nech pokoj vždy vládne na Zemi[14]
Slovene Naj mir zavlada svetu[14]
Naj mir zevlda svetu
Somali Dunidu nabad ha ku waarto[13][14]
Spanish Que la Paz Prevalezca En La Tierra[17]
Que la paz prevalezca en la tierra[15][13][14]
Swahili Amani na iwepo duniani[13][14]
Swedish Må fred råda på jorden[13][14]
Tagalog Sana'y manatili ang kapayapáan sa daigdig[13]
Sana'y manatili ang kapayapaan sa daigdig[14]
Kapayapaan ay maghari sa daigdig[13] (shorter)
Kapayapaan sa mundo[13] (shorter, with Spanish loanwords)
Tajik ?[14]
Tamil??? ?[14]
இலங்கையில் சமாதானம் நிலவட்டும்
Tetum Dame ba mundu tomak[14]
Thai ?[14]
Tigrinya ?[14]
Tongan Fakatauange ke toka 'a e melino 'i mamani kotoa[14]
Tshiluba Bupole buikale pa buloba[14]
Turkish Dünyada Barış Daim Olsun
Dünyada barış daim olsun[13][14]
Yurtta Bariş Dünyada Bariş[13] (motto of Turkey)
Turkmen ?[14]
Tuscororan Rih Wharaku Ahske-ne Ticunuwehne[13]
Tuvaluan Ke tumau te filemu ite lalolagi[13][14]
Twi Asomdwoe nka wiasefo[14]
Ukrainian ?[14]
Urdu دنیا میں امن قائم رہے[14]
Uzbek Dunyoda tinchlik bo'lsin[14]
Vietnamese Nguyện xin hòa bình đến với toàn thể nhân loại trên thế giới[13]
Cầu chúc hòa bình cho toàn nhân loại trên thế giới[14]
Cầu hoà bình cho toàn nhân loai tren thế giới
Welsh Mai Dangnefedd Prevail acha Briddo
Tangnefedd ar y ddaear[13]
Wolof Na jàmm yàgg ci aduna[14]
Yoruba Alàáfíà fún gbogbo àgbáyé[14]
(Language labels) [English, French, ...][28]
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[29]


\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[29]

(Animal tracks / Paw prints) [🐾][30][31] (alligator, badger, bear, beaver, bison, bobcat, caribou, deer, dog, elephant, grasshopper, heron, kangaroo, mountain goat, opossum, otter, penguin, skunk, turkey, turtle, wild boar)[13]
(Human feet prints) [👣][32][33]
(Leaf prints) [🍁][32]
(Dove with olive branch) [🕊][30]
(Earth) [🗺][28][30]
(Voice recordings / Audio) (audio in many languages)[34]
(Audiovisual) (video in many languages)[35]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

Translation sources:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peace Poles made by an Artist".
  2. ^ a b "The World Peace Prayer Society". www.worldpeace.org. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  3. ^ Aikido Hawaii
  4. ^ molossia.org
  5. ^ "Explore Janesville - Wisconsin's Great Outside". www.janesvillecvb.com. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  6. ^ Dippel, Beth (2016-01-29). "Sheboygan helped UNICEF be successful in 1952". Sheboygan Press Media. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  7. ^ Associated Press (1992-05-10). "KKK makes plans for Janesville rally". Journal Times. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  8. ^ Associated Press (1992-06-01). "Klan Rally Draws Violent Protest". New York Times. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  9. ^ the granite Peace Pole
  10. ^ Beech Acres Park
  11. ^ "'May Peace Prevail on Earth' Is Message of New Peace Pole Library". Little Free Library. 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  12. ^ "Peace Pole Libraries Given to Honor Civil Rights Movement". Little Free Library. 2016-09-16. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ 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 de "Prayer for World Peace in various languages", www-peace.sakura.ne.jp, 2017
  15. ^ 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
  16. ^ a b c d e "Peace Poles & Flags for Peace Path", www-peace.sakura.ne.jp
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h "Molossia's Peace Pole", Republic of Molossia, 2017
  18. ^ http://blog.xuite.net/penny37322/twblog/147794019
  19. ^ 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
  20. ^ http://blog.udn.com/jennytsenginseattle/2208659
  21. ^ a b c d "Other Languages", www-peace.sakura.ne.jp, 2017
  22. ^ "About" ("Twitter" section), The World Peace Prayer Society (Japan)
  23. ^ File:PeacePole.jpg
  24. ^ File:Neuenrade_Küntrop_-_Küntroper_Straße_-_Sankt_Georg_03_ies.jpg
  25. ^ File:Dortmund_-_Deusener_Straße_-_St._Stephanus_05_ies.jpg File:Neuenrade_Küntrop_-_Küntroper_Straße_-_Sankt_Georg_03_ies.jpg
  26. ^ File:Malta_-_Floriana_-_Triq_Vincenzo_Bugeja_-_Argotti_Botanic_Gardens_07_ies.jpg
  27. ^ File:Dortmund_-_Deusener_Straße_-_St._Stephanus_05_ies.jpg File:Neuenrade_Küntrop_-_Küntroper_Straße_-_Sankt_Georg_03_ies.jpg
  28. ^ a b "Large Round Peace Pole", by Joel Selmeier, 2011
  29. ^ a b "Music Notes", by Joel Selmeier, 2013
  30. ^ a b c "Resin Peace Pole 1" (and "2"), by Joel Selmeier, 2014
  31. ^ https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/6d/93/03/6d9303b5285e0840c90935f1b45666d4.jpg
  32. ^ a b "Garden Pole – 4-Sided", Peace Poles Makers USA, 2017
  33. ^ https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/b8/6c/0c/b86c0c7a108e89eeee8a65be34c81ce5.jpg
  34. ^ "Voice recordings", by Joel Selmeier, 2015
    "Prayer for World Peace in various languages" (QuickTime audios), www-peace.sakura.ne.jp, 2017
  35. ^ "Sequentially Voiced 'May Peace Prevail on Earth' with Earth Image", www-peace.sakura.ne.jp, 2017

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