Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahor- onukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is the longest place name in the world. Named by the local Maori tribe, Ngati Kere, in honor of its ancestor Tamatea Pokai Whenua, Tamatea was a famous chief and warrior. While not for the tongue tied, Tamateaâ€™s long name reflects the major milestones in this life. â€œTuripukaka-pikimaunga-tahuâ€ was added to commemorate his many successful raids and wanderings, and to pay homage to his ample, muscular frame. To honor a particularly sad episode in his life â€“ when his brother was killed in battle with a rival tribe â€“ Tamatea is said to have mourned his loss by playing the koauau, or Maori flute. Hence the multi-syllabic name â€œTaumata-whaka-tangihanga-koauau-o-Tamatea-turi-pukaka-pikimaunga-pokai-whenua-kitana-tahuâ€ literally translates as: “The hilltop, where Tamatea with big knees, conqueror of mountains, eater of land, traveler over land and sea, played his koauau to his beloved”.
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