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The Media Line: Israeli Artist Brings Ancient Language Back to Life in Song (VIDEO)

Israeli Artist Brings Ancient Language Back to Life in Song 

Dor Zlekha Levy‘s One Tongue audiovisual project revives Proto-Semitic, the ancestral language of Hebrew and Arabic, in song, using the special acoustics of the ancient bell caves in Beit Guvrin National Park 

By Debbie Mohnblatt/The Media Line 

Thousands of years after it was last heard in the region, the ancient language of Proto-Semitic is ringing out once again, in a unique audiovisual project at the bell caves at the Beit Guvrin National Park in central Israel.

Israeli multimedia artist Dor Zlekha Levy created One Tongue, an audiovisual display that centers around a musical performance in Proto-Semitic, the ancestor of today’s Semitic languages: Amharic, Arabic, Aramaic, and Hebrew. Inaugurated on Tuesday, the display was designed for the special acoustic qualities of the ancient manmade bell caves. The Beit Guvrin National Park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2014, is home to more than 500 such caves, which were used for multiple purposes.

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