Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Lui Names

The Moru people have a tradition that I think we used to have – they have one name at their birth, and another at their baptism. One thing that really struck me as we talked with the Moru was their wonderful baptismal names. My two favorites were the names of two boys who hung around our compound day after day: “Repent” and “Free.” I wonder what experiences made their parents choose these baptismal names.

1 comment:

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

A 1000 years ago, we had a King called Anund Jacob here i Sweden. He was baptised on his birthday when he was 1 year old, in 1002.

Jacob is of course the Spanish national Patron of Compostela: Santiago matamoros; darkey-killer.

Some patron :-(

Anund's father Olof "the minter" was the first "Christian" King, that is the first to remain Christian all his life.

His father Eric the Victorious had been baptised in Denmark in his youth, but returned to his role as Gode, high sacrificer(?), when King.

Little Anund Jacob also did a bit of both ;=)