15 Rare and Beautiful Words You’ve Never Heard Before

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There are 6,500 languages spoken actively today, but even that pales in comparison to the 94,000 languages that have existed through the ages.

Many have died off, many are still spoken, and they’ve all created words that define really incredible things that the English language just doesn’t. Enjoy.

Psychopomp.

A guider of souls.

Mythopoeic.

Pertaining to the making of myths, or giving rise to myths.

Hierosgamos.

A holy marriage between a god and a goddess.

Sipapu.

A small tunnel or inter-dimensional passage.

Oneiromancy.

Divination or predicting the future through dreams.

Yonic.

A stylized representation of the female genitalia.

In Hinduism, it is a sign of regenerative power and symbolizes the goddess Shakti.

Hiraeth.

A welsh word meaning homesickness for a place that never existed.

Paracosm.

A highly detailed world created inside someone’s mind.

Petrichor.

The small of the earth after it rains.

Ataraxia.

A state of robust tranquility from eschewing faith in an afterlife. It also means not fearing gods.

Sambhogakaya.

A being made entirely of light.

Chthonic.

The interior of the earth.

Palimpsest.

The page of a manuscript or book where text has been scraped or washed off.

Empyrean.

The highest part of heaven where gods and angels live.

Hypnagogia.

The transitioning state from sleeping to awake.



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