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August 01, 2006

A spot in the middle of the desert

Husband_and_wife Below are some unusual meanings for the name Hanan, as sent to me today – unsolicited – by magician and language fanatic Craig Conley:

“The sanctuary of Machu Picchu is divided into two large sectors - one the agricultural sector and the other the urban or the citadel - of which the first surrounds the second. The main platform of the urban sector is an extensive plaza which in turn divides the buildings into the Hanan section and the lower section...”

Hanan is a place in Ethiopia, northeast of Negada Uen

From “Dreams of Trespass”, Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi: Hanan is "a Moroccan emotional quality that I rarely have encountered elsewhere. Hanan is hard to define exactly, but basically, it is a free-flowing, easygoing, unconditionally available tenderness. People who give hanan ... never threaten to withdraw their love when you commit some unintentional minor or even major infraction…”

“Hanan is the name of a village on the coast southeast of Hanoi”, in Lt. General Harold Moore’s book We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young (Hello there, Mel G)

In Zeruya Shalev’s novel ‘Husband and Wife’ Hanan is "the innocent, kindhearted cloud who was determined to bring rain to the parched desert plants at any price"

And of course, let’s not forget Miss Lebanon-Australia hopeful, Hanan Ballout, (18)

I’m speechless. Thank you, Craig, for this surprising little gift

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