Friday, April 29, 2011

盤石

It is not new to me that "both Kim Hyong-jik and Kang Ban-sok (Kim Il-sung’s father and mother) were not only Christian, but were also devout" — The family of Dictator Kim Il-sung were devout Christians. What is new to me is that "Ban-sok is actually the Korean name for Peter, which was also given to baby girls." The name Bansŏk (盤石) means "big stone."

Such translation into Chinese is not used by today's Korean Catholics, much less Protestants, who would use their native script to render the Latin name to Petŭro (베드로). However, translations are used in honorific titles; for example, Saint John Chrysostom is known as Yohan Kŭmgu (요한 金口), literally "Gold Mouth," and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux as Teresa Sohwa (데레사 小花), literally "Little Flower."

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