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Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 11:36:29 -0700
From: Michael Andre-Driussi 
Subject: Re: (urth) Names and Pacific Specifics

Nigel wrote:
>I'm going to ignore the fact that "hanga" is Japanese for a print (picture),
>and that there is a Benedictine abbey in Africa, though not in Uganda, named
>after a "St. Maurus Hanga".

Normally I'd agree with you about ignoring all that stuff, but for the odd
detail that the Japanese Army had occupied the island during the Pacific
War.  I don't know if this tidbit made it to the audio or not.  Proably
coincidental, but there it is. (I don't know about the audio, but the text
is clear that hanga means shark.)

>I've got nowhere with the names "Langi" and "Langitokoua". There's a Mount
>Langi Ghiran in Victoria in Australia, but that doesn't seem to get us
>anywhere. (I quote: 'Pronounced "Mount Langee Jeeran", the name is
>Aboriginal for "Home of the Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo".')

The big nearby settlement seems to be Kololahi, connected by telephone
wires but transport by boat.  The island is in the Takanga Group.  Nearest
leprosarium in the Marshalls.


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