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26820: Wilcken (reply) Fwd: Re: 26804: Walton (reply) RE: 26782: Lois Wilcken (ask) La miralo (fwd)
From: Lois Wilcken <email@example.com>
Thank you for the lead, Bob.
At first glance, "admiral" is strange for a nation of Vodou spirits that
represent farmers. But the root of the word is Arabic for ²commander.² My
Webster has its relative, emir, as a 17th century word meaning "a native
ruler in parts of Africa and Asia.² So its original use might have had no
connection with the sea, and Africans might have brought it to St. Domingue
Another interesting connection: Herskovits describes Azaka Mede, a major
lwa of the Djouba nation, as a Dahomean ³river god² (Life in a Haitian
Valley, p. 280). A reason to use ³admiral²?
Just possibilities, and I¹d be interested in more feedback.
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