A New Word for an Old Mania

What is the word describing the phenomenon, rare nowadays, that is concerned with the yearning or pull and the all consuming desire in a person to return to his native place? It has to come from a Greek word: anachoreo ( I return, retire, withdraw, depart (underlying idea perhaps of taking refuge from danger or of going into retirement) Source: http://biblehub.com/greek/402.htm). Not a word in any dictionary of English language. Homesickness comes the closest, but it’s neither elegant enough nor completely the same in meaning, as it’s more temporary in nature, the uneasiness and the pull of one’s home when one has been away for some time. The possibility of return is definite and distinct in the case of the phenomenon mentioned earlier, and that uncertainty finds the intensity of emotions involved and the poignancy of the pain in the heart. It’s something that a Sindhi or a Bangladeshi Hindu in India feels when he thinks of his place of origin (and when does he not!), the place whose memory never fades – not even after his Alzheimer’s has eaten most of his power to think and remember.


 The generation of Sindhis and Bengalis that still remembers their home is about to pass on to the pages of history: not the phenomenon. The phenomenon will live on in the modern metropolitan – a product of urbanization, modernization and the resultant migration from towns and villages to the metropolises far and near. Most of the people who leave home, do so in search of a better future. They leave to never return. Some of them feel the pull of home and the accompanying ache to a degree that can be called significant. Even they may not return, as the pull is only one of several factors that determine whether a person ‘d reach home or not.

Anachoreomania may be the term denoting the yearning for the return to one’s home (town). A miniscule minority issue, of course, yet significant enough to demand the fullest attention of any urballaghologist or urballaghophobe. The yearning for the homecoming is definitely not to be confused with autopolisphilia, as the “return” part of the yearning is of central importance here.

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