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Na the Yammaninke word for ‘Mom’ or ‘Mother’

Nabali the name of the Falleya Spirit of the Motherless

nafa a Yammaninke noun meaning 'importance'

Nagidon the first day of the eight-day Dunian week, named for the mythical human ancestor Nagi from the Donkili, a day of work

naja the primal female vital force, the source of bodily form and base sensations like hunger, pleasure, and pain (combines with faja in living beings to create the higher vital force of nyamaya)

Namaste a Disaninke greeting

Nami a mythical figure from the Donkili, the founding female ancestor in Namindugu, conflated with Nyaare in some Kaigenese denominations of Falleya

Namikalo the second month of the twelve-month Dunian calendar, named for the mythical human ancestor Nami from the Donkili (roughly coincides with Earth’s August)

nanjutsu an ancient fighting style developed in the southern part of the current Ranganese Union (then part of the Kaigenese Empire)

Na-Nyaare or Na-Nyaxare a reverent address for Goddess, Nyaare, in the Yammanka religion of Falleya, meaning literally ‘Mother Nyaare’ (sometimes used as a mild oath)

Negedon the fifth day of the eight-day Dunian week, named for the mythical human ancestor Nege from the Donkili, a day of work

ngoni a small stringed instrument played by some jaseliwu

ni a Yammaninke preposition meaning 'and' or 'with'

nii-san a respectful address or suffix for an older brother in the Shirojima dialect of Kaigengua

Nnyandon the third day of the eight-day Dunian week, named for the mythical human ancestor Nnyan from the Donkili, a day of work

nnse a Yammaninke expression of acknowledgement used when one is greeted or called by name, similar to saying ‘yes?’ ‘what?’ ‘I heard you,’ or ‘I understand’ (feminine)

n’terike Yammaninke for ‘my friend’ (masculine)

n’teriyaa Yammaninke for ‘my friend’ (feminine)

numu (pl: numuwu) a member of the endogamous Yammanka social class that manipulates nyama through the creation of tools, weapons, clayware, and machinery

Numu a prefix for a member of the numu kafo, similar to the English ‘Mr.’ or ‘Ms.’

numuden a diminutive address for a young member of the numu kafo

numuke a respectful address for a male member of the numu kafo, roughly equivalent to the English ‘sir.’

numuyaa a respectful address for a female member of the jaseli kafo, roughly equivalent to the English ‘ma’am.’

Nyaare or Nyaxare Goddess in the Yammanka religion of Falleya

Nyaarekalo the first month of the twelve-month Dunian calendar, named for theFalleya Goddess, Nyaare (roughly coincides with Earth’s July)

nyama any active or potential energy in the universe

nyamaya the ability to manipulate nyama

Nyangakalo the seventh month of the twelve-month Dunian calendar, named for the mythical human ancestor Nyanga from the Donkili (roughtly coincides with Earth’s January)

The Nyankuma Syllabary a script developed for the purposes of keeping jaseli secrets, vastly more complicated than the Yammaninke alphabet

nyin a Yammaninke pronoun meaning 'this'

nyuman a Yammaninke adjective meaning 'good,' 'right,' 'sound,' or 'safe'

 

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