First of all, allow me to explain that the language embodied on Morko, is NOT Latin. Here is the popular invocation to Miriam/Maria/Mary, the legendary mother of Jesus of Nazareth. It is in Latin, the language of the Church of Rome. To some of you, it may not be familiar.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Domus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae, Amen

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death, Amen.

Here is the “Lord’s Prayer” in Anglo-Saxon (a.k.a. Old English). Do not make the mistake of believing that the language of Old English is the sole property of the island people of Britain. It should actually be called Angleish because it is the language of the Anglo-Saxons. It is a West Germanic language closely related to Old Fresian and heavily influenced by Old Norse. It was the language for a considerable part of northern Europe.

Thu ure father, the eart on heofonum, sy thin nama gehalgod. Cume thin rice, sy thin wylla on eorthan swaswa on heofonum. Syle us todaeg urne daegwamlican hlaf. And forgyf us ur gyltas swaswa we forgyfath thampe with us agyltath And ne lae thu na us on cost nunge, ac alys fram yfele.

n.b. The type face I am using, is not “Gothic” and it causes a problem with comparisons.

I typed “nama” in bold because it appears twice on Morko. I believe that the mistaken observer-commenters are identifying this as “maria”. It actually translates as, “NAME”.

On Morko, to the untrained eye, it appears to be mama. If you look closely, it is written as inama. That is an abbreviation for in nama. They were working with limited space on a small panel. It actually translates into English as, “IN NAME” or “IN THE NAME”.

If you consider the words and composition of The Lord’s Prayer without a bigoted eye, they could easily represent an invocation to Odin. It fits! Odin was a Father in Heaven too. There is very little, if anything, that is original in the world of religion. That was why conversion was often simple enough. Only the names were changed.

Morko has been given the date of ca. 1390. It’s a safe enough middle of the road bet. Simple handguns appeared ca. 1330s with known bronze examples dating ca. 1350. They continued into the 15thc., ca. 1460s. That gives us 150 (±) years to play with language.

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