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The name of this traditional star or constellation can be interpreted in two ways.
- causing to stray or travel, showing the path to travellers. In this way it is the name of a star or planet, rising early in the evening, escorting the moon (which must be around full then), or more geneneral the first bright stars becoming visible in the sky at dusk.
- like one that strays around. In this way it must be a planet, a star wandering along the sky, therefore not suited as navigation star (kaveinga). Still named as such by some though. It was supposed to rise before the sun in the predawn sky, yet not equal to the morning star, which leaves open Mercury as a possible candidate.