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personal names in tribal societies

It’s an interesting, very significant detail that in the tribal societies, which we think have the least individuality, people have the most individual names. One-of-a-kind names that come from their dreams or their actions, which are rarely repeated or handed down because they’re so individual. It’s as though, because the community shares so much and because so much is handed down through the community, individuality is treated with more respect.

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