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Bàñkaïa

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The word "Bàñkaïa" is of contested origin. There are three likely candidates, each focussing on a different linguistic origin.      -Proto-Ongan: "(p,b)aŋnan" meaning "flatlands, clouds or sky" & "kaya" meaning "mother". Together it roughly translates to "Sky Mother" or "Mother of the flatlands". The flatlands, in this case, referring to the Wuñèwa floodplain-lagoon in the eastern half of the main island. There are currently no extant Ongan speakers and the only words that have been maintained and adopted by the much later-arriving Safini Malagasid people are primarily names of locations, plants, and animals.  -Proto-Malayo-Polynesian: "bənər" meaning "Truth, real" and "kaən" meaning "food, eat, consumption". Together it roughly translates to "Real or truthful eating". This could allude to the presumed centuries-old tradition of Buncaïans refraining from harming most animals for consumption purposes. -Middle Persian: "bāɣ" meaning “garden, orchard” and "-kāiryā" an affix meaning "working; industrious, active, skill". Together it translates to either "Skilled at gardening" or "Efficient garden", both referring to the intense gardening practices of the Buncaïans, said to have existed since before the fleeing Mazdakite Persians arrived in the mid-500's CE.    

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                Šahanša Xusró I (English: Khosrow I) of the Persian Empire came into power, he embarked on a persecutive campaign to wipe out the Mazdakites - starting with its leader, Mazdak son of Bamdad himself. Though Mazdak would die, many Mazdakites who were primarily made up of poor prostitutes, petty merchants and liberated temple slaves escaped via the Southern trade routes out of Meshan before reaching the already inhabited Pankhaian/Bungcaean Archipelago of Bàñkáijá, just South East of Socotra. There Mazdakism, Zurvanism, Jainic Gujarats and native Proto-Ongan, Eastern Barito and eventually kiSwahili myths/beliefs, languages and cuisines merged to form the unique nation of Bàñkáijá.

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