The Gurag People

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This is a google translation of an Esperanto article about the Gurage people of Ethopia, which google mistranslates as Gurags, creating essentially a fictitious ethnic group.

TRANSLATION FROM ESPERANTO:

The notion of Gurags refers to a group of several ethnic groups in Ethiopia who consider themselves culturally and historically co-operative.

They speak several languages, some of which are closely related to each other and belong to the Semitic language family. But they stand phonetically, lexically and grammatically under the strong influence of Cushitic languages ​​(10 vowel phonemes compared to 7 in the Amharic language).

The Gurags are considered by the other peoples of Ethiopia to be industrious and artfully talented. Originally they lived in the fertile mountainous regions around Velis, 100 km southwest of Addis Ababa, but in the meantime many of them live as workers in Addis Ababa and other cities in Ethiopia. The original settlement region of the Gurags is today part of the Southern Ethiopian Province of Nations, Nationalities and Peoples of the South (SPNN), in which many somewhat small ethnic groups from southwestern Ethiopia are united.

The Gurags belong in about the same parts to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and to Islam. The most striking feature of their independent culture is their large, round houses. Their food base is the pulp of the enset (“fake banana”).

The origin of the people is unclear; their ancestors are thought to have been descendants of military expeditionaries from the Axis kingdom to the southern highlands of present-day Ethiopia. Their number is estimated at 1.8 million (two percent of the Ethiopian population).

Neural Network Addition

Let’s see what a neural network does when we seed it with the above information about the so-called Gurags. Below is the resulting text, creating a fictional history for the Gurags, complete with a description of their traditional art. The result bears no relationship to the real ethnic group, and this is the point of the exercise, to use a neural network to essentially brainstorm.. Can this method be used to create fictional worlds for fantasy writers?


Shawa was chosen as governor in the Southern Territories by Empress Taitan (1927-1964). She appointed him head of the Gurag administration, as well as a minister and assistant to the governor of the Gurag ethnic group.[1] For his enthusiasm, commitment and cooperation for the formation of a Southern Ethiopia that was proclaimed in Addis Ababa, Gurag rulers established the Shawa Gurag Municipality. The Miriam Day School was later constructed on a hill behind the village on the site of a colonial Gurag school house.[1]

The Gurags are famous for their craftsmanship. The intricate decorations of the traditional Gurag house furnishings and headwigs (limbs) are particularly admired by European and American tourists and collectors of traditional African art.[1]

The headwig’s specialization is based on intricately shaped roughened earless goat horns. The oldest harbors of this craftsmanship date back over 2,500 years, as the headwig is mentioned and represented in the Bible several times

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