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Persian - Iran

In the context below, what does “hostess [or maybe, hosted” actually mean?

Duniya toiled with her breathing as she took the baby in her arms and sat down with the deliberate slowness of one troubled. Did this baby in any way resemble the one of her dream? Nasiiba was eager to tell her something, but she displayed no interest.

As she sat, a flexing of muscles reminded Duniya of the pain of labour, more than seventeen years ago. She also remembered that of late she had been hostess to several mysterious calls from birds and other beings.

Source: Gifts, written by Nuruddin Farah
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