Reading questions 3 - How did Indians decide on the names...

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How did Indians decide on the names they gave people, seasons, places and events? How was this “naming process similar to earlier people in your culture? For example, many names of places and even your names relate to something in the environment. Name the landscape on page 93 (you can trace the diagram and then supply the names). What is the meaning of your name? How did your parents choose your name? The Indians people inherit the name from the previous generation. For example, the protagonist in the story “Black Elk” was the fourth generation bearing the name “Black Elk.” On the other hand, the Indians name the seasons and places by natural events occurring around them and the specific qualities respectively. For example, they call August as “The Moon When the Cherries Turn Black.” because cherries turned black due to its maturity at this time. “Tongue River”, “Powder River” and other rivers mentioned in the story reveal the condition or shape of the rivers. For example, the name “Tongue River” shows that the river probably looks like a tongue, and the name “Powder River” shows that the river likely has considerable precipitate. Further, the Indians named the events by the effects or outline of the event itself. For example, the war “Battle of the Hundred Slain” reflected that hundred fettermen were slain in the battle. This name shows the negative effect, hundred people were killed, from this battle. The war “The Attacking of the Wagons” simply brings the description about what happened in this event. The naming process adopted by the Indians was similar to that used by my country in the past. For example, the name Hong Kong, my hometown, has the meaning “A harbor with fresh and sweat water”, and why Hong Kong possessed this name was that the natives living in Hong Kong in the past found a river with fresh and sweat water in one of the village in Hong Kong. Further, Long March, one of the famous war between Nationalist Party and Communist Party in China, was named by such name because the war caused the Communist Party to fail and escape from its enemy’s pursuit by walking a extremely long distance about twelve thousands and five hundreds kilometers. The name is Hok Lam Chong and in Chinese, means intelligence. Hok means “studying”, and “Lam” means woods. Therefore, the first name, the combination of these two components, means a tremendous knowledge likes the numbers of trees in the woods. Last, Chong simply acts as my last name without specific meaning here.
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On what basis was a holy man appointed? What was the purpose of the holy man in Indian culture?
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2010 for the course ENGLISH ESL 33A taught by Professor Martin during the Spring '09 term at Pasadena City College.

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