Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Quotes: Names.

Names 242 "Among the…of Central Africa, when the king dies, his name is abolished from the language, and if his name was that of an animal, a new appellation must be found for the creature at once." Frazer, The New Golden Bough. In the old days, being a king wasn't so great.

Names 242 "In Siam it used to be difficult to ascertain the king’s real name, since it was carefully kept secret from fear of sorcery; anyone who mentioned it was clapped into jail…king might only be referred to under certain high-sounding titles, such as 'the august,' 'the perfect,' 'the supreme,' 'the great emperor,' 'descendant of the angels,' etc." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.

Names 243 "For Ra had many names, but the great name which gave him all power over gods and men was known to none but himself." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.

Names 211 Fanny on Edmund’s name: "To me the sound of Mr. Bertram is so cold and nothing-meaning—so entirely without warmth or character! –it just stands for a gentleman, and that’s all; [whereas the name “Edmund”] is a name of heroism and renown—of kings, princes, and knights; and seems to breathe the spirit of chivalry and warm affections." Austen, Mansfield Park.What's in a name?

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