Bwia woho’oria

The phrase bwia woho’oria refers to holes or burrows in the earth. Bwia literally means “earth” and woho’oria is the part meaning “hole”. Many creatures are known to inhabit these holes in the ground, and it is said that the Surem, the predecessors of the Hiakis, called bwia woho’oriam their homes because they were very small in size. Some example sentences for talking about holes in the earth include:

Bwia woho’oriata ne bweiria.

“Dig me a hole”.

Bwia woho’oriaku ne kom wechek.

“I fell into a hole”.

Bwia woho’oria wam katek.

“The hole is over there”.


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