Silly perhaps to find inspiration for an entire concept of horsemanship on a word from an ancestral language, long gone, that you have to explain to everyone how to pronounce.
Kjrsos - Think kearrrr-zoes
Our inspiration coming from a long ago dead foundational language that we might be taking some liberties with.
With a name like mine, I do feel a kinship with the word Kjrsos and perhaps Kjrsos will also go through its life, with people not quite knowing how to quite pronounce it. The naming of Kjrsos though somehow considering it is thousands of years old, has a richness, has a history that goes back to when we first bonded with the horses, when we first came together, to be something better together then we could be apart. This is where and when this partnership began. There is power in that.
To share how to say how to pronounce Kjrsos we need to start with the very first letter which actually can be represented as an accented K:
Kjrsos is our phonetic spelling of Ḱrsos which some believe is one of the words used for the horse by our ancestors in a language that is the language that came first, at a time when we the bond between us began.
We chose a phonetic spelling, one because no one knows for sure how they would spell it in a written language, as there was none. Two we are sure there would have been variances if there had been. Three because the first letter is actually accented. The K accented in still only use in the Slavic Macedonian Language. And the keyboards of today do not include the accented K.
There are assumptions being made on how this language was spoken, as this language came long before the languages we know today, it was never written down and doesn't exist today. The language has been brought together by linguists based on the languages that came afterwards.
The first two letters represent the accented K, the K is sometimes seen as accented with a j. This gives the K a very distinct sound. Think of how the j sounds in Spanish such as in the name Jesus, sounds like a y, and you get the idea. So we add the sound of that to a k, followed directly by a trilling r. Note some spell this as Ḱrsos. You can listen to our best guess hear of what Kjrsos sounds like. Very similar to the name Kirsten.
Silly perhaps to name a site or an entire concept of horsemanship on a word that you have to explain to everyone how to pronounce. But when we went to name the site, we were not happy when the words we used were English, because what if we were talking to someone who is French or German, Polish or Armenian, Spanish or Portuguese. We wanted to use a language that spoke to everyone And we found PIE - Proto-Indo-European. The language that came before French and German, English and Italian, before Spanish, before Greek, before Latin, and yet all these languages and so many others, were based on this incredible word. This language is the common ancestry of so many of us. It binds us through time, through the development of other words that came to mean the same thing, through the times in history that the horse was a part of our civilization every step of the way.
Then on a personal note, no one could ever say my name properly. The naming of my birth, Nadja. And interestingly enough, it has that same concept of the "j" in it. How many people could say that? And somehow if my mother is to be believed this magical j changes the d to a t sound and the j to a y sound, which is interesting. So I feel a kinship with the word Kjrsos and perhaps Kjrsos will go through its life, with people not quite knowing how to pronounce it.
Our connection to our ancestors, to all of those who came before, who made us possible, who joined together with the horse for thousands and thousands of years, that connection, that story, that history, lives in the word Kjrsos. There is power in that connection.