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Compiles some 2,500 personal names from eastern, central, and southern African countries, including many that appear in print for the first time. Entries show how African names relate to ceremonies and prayer, proverbs, mode of birth, deities and spirits, clan affiliation, and family relationships. An introduction explains that issues of language, history, culture, and ethnicity are part and parcel of the understanding of African names. Includes a pronunciation guide. The author has written other books on African...
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Compiles some 2,500 personal names from eastern, central, and southern African countries, including many that appear in print for the first time. Entries show how African names relate to ceremonies and prayer, proverbs, mode of birth, deities and spirits, clan affiliation, and family relationships. An introduction explains that issues of language, history, culture, and ethnicity are part and parcel of the understanding of African names. Includes a pronunciation guide. The author has written other books on African names. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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  • ISBN-13: 9780964596900
  • Publisher: Ariko Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/1900
  • Pages: 157

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2000

    A review on a detailed compilation of african names

    A medium sized book in which thousands of African names, their ethnic group and country origins, and their pronunciations are treated to detail. Through the introduction, and the name interpretations, it is shown that names and naming practices in Africa are intimately linked to items like family issues, disappointment, anger, happiness, religion, birth order, demeanor of mother or child, clan group, occupation of the parents, proverbs, etc. The book serves those interested in African names, culture, and proverbs; very good for the general reader and one who is into research on African culture. The book is carefully crafted and heavily referenced. The authors must have devoted a lot of time to putting together literary as well as oral information. Many books on African names are rather simplistic. Some of the names found in this book: Thembi (trust), Sibusiso (blessing), Sepsi (mercy), Simomo (patience), Tayari (ready), Tankiso/ Tebogo(gratitude), Musango (accusation), Lugo (leopard), Lerato (love), Azimio (political declaration), Mayinja (stones), Uhuru (freedom), Umot (a first born), Muguzi (buyer), Mukama (Lord).

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