Na wajah Gata lam cermen  Puisi lon nyoe yang paleng indah  Tapi, bagah that gadoh  Nyoe keuh akhee Lon Lon Cinta Gata
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Acehnese poem, translated by & voice Diana Farach

The translation of my love poem into the Aceh language (acehnese, achinese), the language of the Atjehs (Acehs) people from north of Sumatra. Almost 4 million speakers, descendants of the Acehs, speak this language in Indonesia and Malaysia. Acehnese is a chinese language of Indonesia, one of nearly 700 languages of this country. 700 languages! So there remain many to find, and all those to come, will be for me discoveries. I do not understand, why my encyclopedia in 15 volumes, knows so few!

The Acehs are an ethnic group of the ancient sultanate of Atjeh (Sumatra), whose language belongs to the Indonesian group. They are farmers and fishermen and live in uxorilocale residence, in villages built on stilts. Their socio-political organization, sometimes close to a caste system, is subject to Koranic laws, whose rigor is tempered by pantheistic and shamanic practices. The province of Aceh has a special autonomy status. Aceh territory has in its history the memory of a strong resistance to the Dutch.
Indonesian poems