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Russian Names K E S A N G T S E T E N Ever since his neighbor's daughter and her two children died in a fire, Loka has stopped sitting out in his yard, where I would join him and listen while he talked. The news came on a sun-drenched summer day, perfect for sitting outdoors, and arrived like a siren in the midst of a lazy picnic. Loka is in his seventies--no one knows for sure his exact age--and gaunt. A man of wide learning, he is known in particular for possessing a rare, intimate knowledge of the old traditions. There is about him an air of practiced self-control--not because of tai chi, as he likes to say, but simply because he is a master of Eastern dignity and poise. On the terrible day of the fire, he is tending his garden. He wears a faded-blue cotton coat over his pajamas--an outfit only he can get away with--and an old sun hat of dried grass, made in the People's Republic. When he hears the news of the fire, he drops the branch of the rosebush he has been tending, and as it falls, a white scratch appears on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

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Manoa , Volume 13 (2) – Oct 1, 2001

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K E S A N G T S E T E N Ever since his neighbor's daughter and her two children died in a fire, Loka has stopped sitting out in his yard, where I would join him and listen while he talked. The news came on a sun-drenched summer day, perfect for sitting outdoors, and arrived like a siren in the midst of a lazy picnic. Loka is in his seventies--no one knows for sure his exact age--and gaunt. A man of wide learning, he is known in particular for possessing a rare, intimate knowledge of the old traditions. There is about him an air of practiced self-control--not because of tai chi, as he likes to say, but simply because he is a master of Eastern dignity and poise. On the terrible day of the fire, he is tending his garden. He wears a faded-blue cotton coat over his pajamas--an outfit only he can get away with--and an old sun hat of dried grass, made in the People's Republic. When he hears the news of the fire, he drops the branch of the rosebush he has been tending, and as it falls, a white scratch appears on

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Published: Oct 1, 2001

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