Chapter

The Namesake 1848/1931

in Travels with Tooy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226680583
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226680576 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0022
The Namesake 1848/1931

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This chapter discusses the belief of the Samarakas that every human is formed by three people: a father, a mother and a nese ki, a spiritual genitor or “namesake.” It explains that the namesake is usually a recently deceased relative, though it is sometimes a figure from the more distant past or, in rare cases, even a dead hunting dog or forest spirit. This chapter also discusses the relevant story of Pobosi, a man that Tooy called his father.

Keywords: namesake; nese ki; Samarakas; spiritual progenitor; forest spirit; Pobosi; Tooy

Chapter.  6114 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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