Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico

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When [among the Eskimo] two persons meet who happen to have the same name, one of them will relinquish his name, and be given a present in return.3

It has always been the custom of the Tahitians not to give two persons the same name at the same time, as so doing would be considered a grave offense, like giving the same present to two persons living apart.4

Associated with this sensitiveness and circumspection regarding personal names is the feeling that names reflect degrees of intimacy, equivalence, and distance within kinship groups, that they define group claims, obligations, and distinctions, that they symbolize the integrity of the tribal divisions and incest groups, and in some cases signalize and cultivate relations with the spirit world.

3Boas, F.n/an/an/an/an/a, "The Eskimo of Baffle Land and Hudson Bay," Amer. Mus. Nat. Hint., Bull., 15: 117.

4 Henry, T., "Ancient Tahiti," Bernice P. Bishop Mus., Bull., 48: 29.

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Chicago: "Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico," Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico in Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, ed. Thomas, William I. (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1937), Original Sources, accessed September 21, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=N3Q12N4EHH6PRW1.

MLA: . "Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico." Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico, Vol. 15, in Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, edited by Thomas, William I., New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1937, Original Sources. 21 Sep. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=N3Q12N4EHH6PRW1.

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