Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu. Don't even try to pronounce it. This huge word is written in Maori -- and it could refer to something noble and magnificent, as a splendid palace or an omnipotent god of an ancient civilization. But it is just the name of a small hill which lies at Hawke Bay, in New Zealand. Are you upset?
In many ancient cultures, names of people and things come from secular happenings related to the religion, described in a very specific and complete way. At this case, Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu means literally The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the earth-swallower who traveled about, played his nose flute to his loved one. 85 characters. Whew! However, despite of the poetic name, this place has nothing special. But it is explored as a tourist attraction by the New Zealand govern.
Other localities enviously try to compete, like the Llanfairpwllgwyn-gyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch village, in Wales, with just some 58 characters. Recently, Bangkok published that its true name is Krungthepmahanakornamornratanakosinmahintarayutthayamahadilokphopnopparatrajathaniburiromudomrajaniwesmahasatharnamornphimarnavatarnsathitsakkattiyavisanukamprasit, trying to take the position of that small hill of New Zealand with 163 characters. It is expecting homologation.
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