The Naming Process Among the Lamba People of Zambia: A Socio-cultural Study
International Journal of Education, Culture and Society
Volume 2, Issue 3, June 2017, Pages: 83-87
Received: Feb. 14, 2017; Accepted: Mar. 16, 2017; Published: Apr. 4, 2017
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Gerald Chishiba, Department of Languages and Literature, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
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This article discusses the issue of naming children, youths and adults among the Lamba People of the Copperbelt Province in Zambia and the significance of the names given to either children or adults. My study looks at a number of areas in the naming process. Firstly, the study discusses the naming process that follows the birth of a child. Secondly, it examines the phenomenon of changing names, in some cases, when a child has reached the age of 10-12 years. In addition, this study gives the readers some examples of adults who also adopted new names in adulthood, thereby despising the earlier names given to them by the elders of their community. Apart from the naming process, this study also looks at different categories of names found among the Lamba People of the Copperbelt Province. Lamba names can broadly be classified under two categories. The first type concerns names that arise from the circumstances surrounding the birth of a child. The second type is about names emanating from the socio-psychological environment.
Naming Process, Spirit Name, Ilamba (Lamba Land), Lamba People
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Gerald Chishiba, The Naming Process Among the Lamba People of Zambia: A Socio-cultural Study, International Journal of Education, Culture and Society. Vol. 2, No. 3, 2017, pp. 83-87. doi: 10.11648/j.ijecs.20170203.11
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