Historical Dictionary of the Comoro Islands by Martin Ottenheimer, Harriet Ottenheimer

By Martin Ottenheimer, Harriet Ottenheimer

Islands of stark contrasts and intricate syncretisms, the Comoros carry a massive key to the background of the western Indian Ocean zone. contemporary archaeological stories have proven that the islands have been a crossroads of the zone. vast long-distance maritime exchange was once recorded in oral histories and is mirrored at the present time within the cultures of the Islands: a mixture of Arabian, Asian, African, Malagasy, and ecu characteristics. The coelecanth (a fish as soon as suggestion to were extinct for seventy-five million years) should be stuck. The Islands have attracted fresh world-wide consciousness for the political actions of the infamous mercenary, Bob Denard. This booklet is an authoritative creation to the Comoro Islands; earlier and current. it's a useful source for a person drawn to the background, economics, cultures, languages, geography, geology, or politics of the Western Indian Ocean.

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Cool and dry season temperatures average between 73 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit (23-25°C) with an average low of 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19ºC). ), in general the two seasons are differentiated more by relative rainfall than by temperature differences. In the warm and rainy sea- Page 21 son rainfall is abundant in all four islands. In the period between December and April rainfall may reach as high as 15 inches (390 mm) in a month. In the cool and dry season there is little rainfall except on some of the high, wooded plateaus.

The year takes its name from the day on which it began. This year would be a Wednesday year, following the example given above, and it would be followed by a Thursday year. Following this seven-year cycle means that every eighth year the year takes the name of the first one in the cycle. Using this calendrical system one calculates one's age by remembering how many years with the same name as the year one was born in have occurred, multiplying by seven, and then adding the number of years that have occurred since the year had the same name as that in which you were born.

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