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n. Any of various types of steamed bread used in Chinese cuisine

Bau (island)

Bau (pronounced ) is a small island in Fiji, off the east coast of the main island of Viti Levu. Bau rose to prominence in the mid-1800s and became Fiji's dominant power; until its cession to Britain, it has maintained its influence in politics and leadership right through to modern Fiji.


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Bau (album)

Bau is an album by Italian singer Mina, issued in 2006.

Bau (village)

Bau is the main village on Bau Island, Fiji. Once integral to the power and economy of the chiefly village, the villages of Lasakau (traditional fishermen) and Soso (traditional carpenters) are also located on the twenty-two acre island which became the centre of traditional power throughout the Fiji Islands in the nineteenth century.

Because of its historic significance, in 1968 the Leader of the Opposition, A. D. Patel proposed setting aside funds to preserve the island. The main historic buildings in the village are the Ratu Seru Cakobau Church, the Vatanitawake temple and the Ulu ni Vuaka meeting house situated around the village green or rara. These buildings were all upgraded for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II in 1982, where she opened the Great Council of Chiefs meeting in Bau village.

During her visit, Queen Elizabeth conferred on the Vunivalu and Governor General Ratu Sir George Cakobau a rare and exclusive honour of the Royal Victorian Chain displaying her affection for the high chief of Bau and for the people of Fiji. The village is the traditional home of the Vunivalu Tui Kaba - the paramount chief of the traditional Kubuna Confederacy and the Roko Tui Bau of the Vusaratu clan. Other clans of Bau village are the Vusaradave (traditional warriors), Tunitoga (Vunivalu's heralds) and Masau( Roko Tui Bau's heralds).

Many Bauan villagers since Seru Epenisa Cakobau - the leading Fijian chief who ceded Fiji to the United Kingdom - have played significant roles in Fiji's history. They include Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, Ratu Timoci Tavanavanua, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna, Ratu Penaia Kadavulevu, Ratu Popi Seniloli, Ratu Edward Cakobau, Ratu Deve Toganivalu (Snr), Ratu Tiale Vuiyasawa, Ratu Dr. Jione Atonio Rabici Doviverata and Ratu Sir George Cakobau and Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi I.

The Vunivalu's residence named Mataiweilagi is situated on the south east shore front of the village. Other chiefly residences that remain in the village are Naicobocobo, Naisogolaca, Muaidule,Naua, Nadamele,Qaranikula, and Vunilagakali.The district school,the Methodist Division missionary's residence and the chiefly mausoleum is situated on the knoll. The tiny islet of Nailusi sits approximately fifty meters from the north eastern end of Bau off Muaidule. Today, because of the villages growing population and the restrictive dwelling space on the island, many Bauan families live as a community at Taro settlement opposite the island on the Viti Levu coast, next to the main Nausori-Bau road.

Bau (musician)

Rufino Almeida (born 1962 in Mindelo, São Vicente), better known as Bau, is a Cape Verdean musician. His father, an instrument maker taught him how to make and play the guitar, the cavaquinho and the violin. In 1994, he joined the touring band of Cesária Évora and in 1996 became her musical director. In September 1999 he moved on and his song Raquel was featured in Pedro Almodóvar's 2002 film Talk to Her. He toured with several other singers including Hernani Almeida in 1999 and 2001. Some of his songs were written by Teófilo Chantre.

Usage examples of "bau".

Before he even reached for the bau under his arm and drew it out, Kaul knew exactly what Pluthrak had planned.

I will have another bau made for you, one whose carvings reflect your victory at Salem.

He extended his hand, showing the bau given him by his kochan at his departure.

He walked closer, a nonchalant slant to his ears, tapping his new bau against his palm.

But his fingers tightened around his new bau, as he wondered indeed how long he would be able to keep it.

Kralik transferred the bau to his left hand and saluted, then motioned a waiting command vehicle forward.

The bau serves as an emblem of military achievement, with carvings added to match the bau-holder accomplishments.

The book was on the floor, and she had curled up in a bau with her feet tucked under a pillow and her hands curled beneath her chin, as if she were cold.

It was a Pluthrak bau, and it showed that the great kochan had bestowed its blessing on the scion who carried it: here is one fit to command.

The term derived from bau, and indicated a life completed to the satisfaction of both kochan and Naukra.

The thing the Jao called a bau, which had some significance to them that Tully had never really understood.

An individual who chose the bauta thereby chose to spend what remained of his life however he wished.

But, in the nature of things, a bauta had no further obligations to their kochan.

This old bauta was wise with wrem-fa, because he had not wasted his life.

And Wrot had taken the occasion to mention to Aille another of those human sayings of which the old bauta was so fond: The prospect of being hanged concentrates the mind wonderfully.