Spiritual and Religious references in the names of the Red Lotus
Ming-hua at first glance looks like a common Chinese name, but it transliterates to “bright glory” and carries many possible spiritual references. It can refer to the ‘Majestically Flaming Light’ of Buddha and the shining conciousness achieved by Bodhi…or maybe it’s just referring to the blindingly awesome skill of having Water For Arms.
Ghazan shares the name of the Il-Khanate leader who was known for his many cultural and social reforms for the Middle Eastern Mongols, but most significantly for converting to Islam, ensuring the perpetuation of the religion in Central Asia.
Zahirites are Islamic scholars who study and follow the Qur’an verbatim, making no personal interpretation or inference on the text. I think the names suits someone who takes his airbending scriptures very seriously, though it contradicts his more esoteric beliefs.
P’li sounds like Pali, as in the script used in the scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. The Red Lotus channels Buddhist beliefs more than it does any other religion; the lotus itself is major Buddhist iconography, symbolizing enlightenment and divine birth.