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Travels with TooyHistory, Memory, and the African American Imagination$
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Richard Price

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226680583

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.001.0001

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The Namesake 1848/1931

The Namesake 1848/1931

(p.112) The Namesake 1848/1931
Travels with Tooy
University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the belief of the Samarakas that every human is formed by three people: a father, a mother and a nese ki, a spiritual genitor or “namesake.” It explains that the namesake is usually a recently deceased relative, though it is sometimes a figure from the more distant past or, in rare cases, even a dead hunting dog or forest spirit. This chapter also discusses the relevant story of Pobosi, a man that Tooy called his father.

Keywords:   namesake, nese ki, Samarakas, spiritual progenitor, forest spirit, Pobosi, Tooy

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