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The meaning of ‘no epiphany to the Yaburara to hear it was the other way around


The passage below is from Fathoms: The World in the Whale Hardcover by Rebecca Giggs.


Stand to one side a moment, to picture it: a seabird dawn, the departing ship faint on the grey horizon. Someone runs their thumb over the newfound text, its little notched serifs, the mystifying, sidewinding S in SHP. CONNECT-I-CUT rolls under their touch and they inquire of the word, its feeling as a sensation; a texture, a sculpture, an animacy. So Connecticut makes landfall soundlessly, dressed in the disguise of its anglicisation, having crossed an earlier border from Algonquian where once it was ‘Quinnehtukqut’ (meaning, ‘beside a long tidal river’). (A touchstone, a dashed track.) What the Yaburara thought, or said, on discovering these foreign incisions, is lost — not because of the attrition of time and memory, but as a result of the genocide and generational traumas that followed. Until microscopic analysis revealed otherwise, researchers suspected that the hatching action might have been the Yaburara striking out the whalers’ words; that the Indigenous petroglyph was an overwrite. But perhaps it was no epiphany to the Yaburara to hear it was the other way around.



Epiphany’ means ‘a revelation’.

The other way around’ means ‘the opposite of what is expected’.

But in this context I cannot get the meaning of ‘the other way around’.


Let me show you what I mean with one example sentence.


It was you who sought me out, not the other way around.


In this example, the way was ‘you sought me out’, and the other way would be ‘I seek you out’. So in this sentence I am pointing out that YOU’s behavior or statement is absurd.


But the other way around in this sentence in question, I cannot get to the point or any other way around. I’m helpless.


This is not an end.

Last and the weirdest...

But why if the Yaburara hears in some opposite way of what is expected, is it no epiphany?


Thanks in advance.

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Stenka25But in this context I cannot get the meaning of ‘the other way around’.

The one way is that the Yaburara wrote over the whalers' graffiti. The other way around is that the whalers wrote over the Yaburara petroglyphs. I can't picture what a hatching action is, perhaps slashes of paint.

Stenka25But why if the Yaburara hears in some opposite way of what is expected, is it no epiphany?

Well may you ask. God and Ms Giggs know.

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Stenka25But perhaps it was no epiphany to the Yaburara to hear it was the other way around.

Read the article I linked in the last post.

It was not a shock to the Yabuara people that the scientific investigation determined that the sailors had desecrated the art of their ancestors by defacing it with their own writing.

However, it is utterly ironic and bittersweet because this "epiphany" is hypothetical.

The ensuing genocide had wiped this tribe out long before the modern-day scientists used their sophisticated instruments to examine the rock.

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Thanks a lot as always, AlpheccaStars.

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