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May 13th, 2011


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10:01 pm - Weirdness
All right. This will sound strange, but it's completely true. If it really has stopped, then I may not need to figure out why it was happening, but I'm curious.

For the past 10 days or so (I think I first noticed it... last week? That Tuesday?), around 4:30 a.m. every morning I wake briefly to hear a loud male voice coming from what sounds like a couple houses down the street from us.

It's not yelling--this is obviously not a domestic dispute. He's calling in a loud voice--projecting, like a speaker or actor or priest. And he's chanting. It's not English, but I can't tell what language it might be. It lasts for about a minute. Maybe two.

Every. Single. Night.

I've never heard this before. Not in this neighborhood, not anywhere. Anyone have ideas? We do have many different nationalities and religions represented in a few blocks, here, but... Still. Middle of the night chanting is a new thing here.

It didn't happen last night (that I recall), but I could have slept through it, so...
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From:jd3000
Date:May 14th, 2011 06:09 am (UTC)
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Is there some way you can record it? Also, 4:30 am plus loud non-English chanting immediately makes me think muezzin, but why from a residential house? And does it sound anything like this?

-JD
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From:jd3000
Date:May 14th, 2011 06:13 am (UTC)
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Hm, dawn these days is only around 5:50am and the call to prayer would not be made so much earlier than that. This is a puzzlement.

-JD
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From:jhall1
Date:May 14th, 2011 09:48 am (UTC)
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Your two comments encapsulte my own thoughts. Maybe there's some other religion for which 4:30am is a holy time? Or maybe it's because 4:30am corresponds to what would be a holy time in wherever the holy land for this religion is once you allow for the time difference?
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 14th, 2011 06:15 am (UTC)
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Is there some reason it would happen at that hour? We don't have even a tiny mosque near us (many other churches of various stripes, but not Muslim).

*listens to call to prayer*

What I'm hearing is not that musical or drawn out, but it could possibly be the same language. Hmmm.
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From:jd3000
Date:May 14th, 2011 06:18 am (UTC)
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There's probably no proper reason it would happen that early, which now makes me think it's a personal reason, and someone just likes dead-of-night chanting.

=JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 14th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
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It happened again last night.

...at half past ONE. Which makes me think you're right.
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From:jd3000
Date:May 14th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
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Strange. Be a shame if you or another neighbor eventually had to complain to the police about this guy.

I have a friend who was a devout Lebanese Muslim before he came to the US and became a Christian. I once asked him what was the biggest difference he found between Islam and Christianity. I don't know if he was kidding me, but he immediately said "Not getting up at 5:30 every morning."

The second thing was sausage. :-D

-JD

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