Friday, October 23, 2015

Three "W" words

Wahhabi, Wahhabism - very conservative Muslim sect

wasabi - Japanese hot sauce or dip

wabi-sabi - Japanese aesthetic philosophy honoring whatever is old and maybe a bit beat-up

These three "W" words are not identical but very similar.  In addition, they are not typical English word so it is possible to get them confused.

I don't know much about various Muslim sects.  I read that much of the "wasabi" we get in the US is not the real thing since the demand is very high.  I know a little about the veneration of old, scarred things and being one myself, I recommend respect and appreciation of things that are venerable and wrinkled.

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