Legend of the Stans

March 19, 2015
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  1. Rex says:

    There’s a stan you guys completely overlooked. And it’s called “Hindustan” also known officially as India. Surprisingly, Indians don’t actually call it India, it’s known more popularly as “Bharat” or “Hindustan”, which translates to “The Land of the Indus River”, which is acceptable since it was named far before Pakistan was ever founded.
    A more literal translation of the word can also be “Land of the Hindus” as you probably expected it to mean.

  2. guy says:

    Nice article thank you for cool info on central Asia. I want to add this here:
    I am Iranian, in our language stan means “the place of” as you mentioned. But you might be surprised that we do use this -stan a lot.
    for example Golestan (a province of iran)= Gol (flower)+ stan= land of flowers!
    And other countries names in Persian, look like this:
    Armenia = Armenistan
    Georgia = Gorjistan
    India= Hindustan
    Bulgaria= Bulgharistan
    Poland= Lahistan
    England= Englistan
    Hungaria = Majaristan
    Saudi Arabia = Arabistan
    Mongolia = Mogholistan
    Serbia = Serbistan
    to name a few !

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