The Atlas of True Names replaces the names of geographical areas with their etymological origins.

Cartographers Stephan Hormes and Silke Peust invite people to ‘look at the world with fresh eyes’ through their compilation of special maps that use the etymological origins of places instead of the familiar names that they currently go by.

The Atlas of True Names displays the original meanings of states, countries, land formations, and even bodies of water. To give you an example, instead of ‘Sahara’ the atlas is labeled ‘The Tawny One’, which is derived from Arab, es-sahra or ‘the fawn coloured, desert.’

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