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Snowmen get cold shoulder in Saudi Arabia
冷若冰霜的教令?雪人在阿拉伯受到冷眼對待

A 2m tall wooden snowman that appears every year at Christmasland in New Taipei City sits at the venue on Nov. 11 last year. The snowman is made by the Luban Arts and Crafts Institute in Banciao.
由板橋「魯班工藝研究所」打造,每年在新北市「歡樂耶誕城」都會出現的兩米高雪人去年十一月十一日又出現在歡樂耶誕城。

Photo provided by Banciao District Office
照片: 板橋區公所提供

Saudis in the northern areas drew on their imagination and sense of fun as they braved the cold weather to build snow camels in a rare tribute to the local culture. However, it was not all fun for Saudis.

A prominent religious scholar in Saudi Arabia has given the cold shoulder to snowmen – by issuing a fatwa against them. The fatwa said that building snowmen – or indeed creating any living creature out of snow – was an insult to the Islamic religion. Only inanimate things such as ships, fruit and buildings could be imitated, the fatwa said.

No date was mentioned about when the fatwa was issued, but it was widely circulated on social networks, triggering a wide and often heated online debate mainly among Gulf nationals. Those who supported the fatwa said that building snowmen was a crude imitation of the West. However, Mishaal, an angry blogger, blasted the fatwa.

“We have snow for fleeting days, maybe even hours, and there is always someone who wants to rob us of the joy and the fun,” he posted. “It seems that the only thing left for us is to sit down and drink coffee,” he said.

沙烏地阿拉伯北部地區的民眾發揮想像力和幽默感,冒著冷冽天氣堆出雪駱駝,在這難得的機會中展現地方文化。然而,對沙國人來說,這種事不盡然好玩。

一名沙國重量級宗教法學者發出教令禁止,冷漠看待雪人。這道教令裁決指出,堆雪人或者用雪創造出任何有生命的受造物,都是汙辱伊斯蘭。禁令說,只能模仿無生的物體,如船、水果和建築物。

這道禁令發出時間不明,但在社群網站上被廣為流傳,在波斯灣國家為主的網友間引發時而熱烈的廣泛辯論。支持發令禁止者說,堆雪人是不加修飾地模仿西方。不過,為此大感憤怒的部落客米夏爾抨擊這道禁令。

「我們下雪的日子就短短幾天、甚至幾小時而已,但卻總是有人要剝奪我們這樣的樂趣」,他發文說。「似乎我們能做的只剩下坐著喝咖啡」,他說。

(自由時報國際中心 管淑平翻譯)

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. draw on phr.

利用,取材 (li4 yong4, qu3 cai2)

例: Peter’s new book draws on his own life experiences.

(彼得的新書取材自他自己的人生經歷)

2. give [somebody] the cold shoulder phr.

冷落 (leng3 luo4)

例: Why are you giving me the cold shoulder?

(你為什麼這樣冷落我?)

3. fleeting adj.

迅速的,短暫的。 (xun4 su4 de5, duan3 zan4 de5)

例: He caught a fleeting glimpse of his dream woman.

(他匆匆瞥見了他的夢中女郎。)


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