The desire for isolation desired during the COVIDovid-19 crisis is a pertinent reminder that paradise might reside be found as much in the walls that surround it as in the garden within. Illustration: Mario Riviera
Lisa Lim
Opinion

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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

The earthly, Persian origins of the word ‘paradise’, and where to find it in isolation

  • Its genesis – pairaida za, meaning enclosure – referred to the gardens, arbours and orchards of the Zoroastrian religion
  • Over time, the word has evolved and expanded in meaning, but it continues to conjure images of peace and tranquillity
The desire for isolation desired during the COVIDovid-19 crisis is a pertinent reminder that paradise might reside be found as much in the walls that surround it as in the garden within. Illustration: Mario Riviera
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