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MT. MCKINLEY WILL BE RENAMED MT. DENALI, RESTORING AN ALASKA NATIVE NAME WITH DEEP CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE. HOW ABOUT MT. SAGARAMATHA ?


Mount McKinley, North America's tallest mountain, will be renamed Mt. Denali, restoring an Alaska Native name with deep cultural significance. 

Can Nepal also rename Mt. Sagaramatha, the world's highest peak which is known as Mt. Everest  today ? Jeff Botz, Himalayan and Everest Photography had raised this issue in 2011.

Mount McKinley Will Again Be Called Denali
June 27, 2011

WHY NOT RENAME WORLD'S HIGHEST PEAK - 'MT. CHOMOLUNGMA' INSTEAD ?

Posted by The Himalayan Voice:
[ This post goes in sequel to  'MT. SAGARMATHA IS THE WORLD'S HIGHEST PEAK' posted on June 17, 2011. Posted again are two essays: 'Awe' and 'Everest not Everest' below by  an American photographer Jeff Botz who specializes in mountain photography and who wants the name of the world's highest mountain be changed to Mt. Sagaramatha. The  mountain was named Peak XV and 'was found to be the worlds' highest by the Trigonometric Survey of India in 1852 and it was named Mount Everest on May 11, 1857 by the Royal Geographical Society of London after Sir George Everest, the first Surveyor-General of India' writes, Prof. Kamal Prakash Malla in his paper: 'Sagaramatha: Linguistic Conquest of Mount Everest.' The actual discoverer was not the Surveyor-General George Everest, it was Mr. Radhanatha Sikdar, a Bengali native, an employee of the Survey of India. The Himalayan Voice liked Jeff Botz's idea of changing the name of the mountain in Nepali national language, Sagaramatha. Below posted is a comment by Bal K. Mabuhang, a professor of population science, at the Central Department of Population Studies, Tribhuvan University in Kirtipur, Kathmandu. Prof. Mabuhang even goes further  and writes: "not to endorse the name of rivers, mountains, lands and even people with words  of 'colonial reflections' no matter older or newer". He writes, 'Mt. Sagaramatha' is also a colonial name-word imposed against 'Chomolungma'. Why not we rename in his or in other words: Limbu native tongue Chomolungma ? - The Blogger]

June 17, 2011

MT. SAGARMATHA IS THE WORLD'S HIGHEST PEAK

Posted by The Himalayan Voice:

* A question of 'national identity or naming' has emerged again. Can we not tell the world that Mt.Sagarmatha is the world's highest peak ? Nepal has renamed a number of other peaks in  their 'indigenous names' ( local names) in recent times and now it is the time for us to  tell the whole world that Mt. Sagarmatha is the world's highest peak and which is in Nepal. Ones identity is something to be very serious about and proud of also. 

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