Kash naming (was Re: Senyecan honorifics)
|From:||Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, October 16, 2004, 23:50|
I neglected to say how they're used, nor do I know what the terms are called
in Kash-- probably something to do with _pinal_ 'to count'...
> Naming children of the hereditary nobility:
> First child: mesa
> Second child: rona
> Third child: sina
> 4th and later children: prana
Given name - "counter" - Family/Estate name. A mesa is usually named for
the most recently deceased direct ancestor, never for a living parent or
grandparent. Subsequent children, likewise.
So: Amaken karungavatu (a man, as it happens) is the hereditary ruler
(karun) of Kavatu, one of the 5 states that make up the federation on
Australia-size Yanatros island. Kavatu was not originally a family name; it
was the town/area on the main continent Hanjomim, from which the first
"conquistador" came (2000+ years ago) and laid claim to a portion of the
island. He was probably some minor noble's 2nd or 3rd son who decided it was
pointless to hang around in an area where titles and land ownership were
already long established. The actual family name is known, but hasn't been
used for a very long time.
Anyhow, the karun's first child (a son) is Kanget mesa Kavatu, already in
his 40s, married with children, so the succession is assured. Close friends
and family call him Kanget; servants and govt. figures with whom he
works/trains call him "mesa"; the local media call him "mesa Kavatu" or "e
The second child is Shenji rona Kavatu, who joined the Galactic Union
Service and is, believe it or not, here on Earth as an Emissary/first
contact(1) :-)) When his busy schedule permits, he shares information about
his home planet and language with me.....At the time he left Cindu for
training, the mesa was married but without children (thus the rona was next
in line if the mesa died), but since it was uncertain when, or even if, he
would ever return to Cindu, he had to abandon his right of succession
(though not his title "rona" nor his right to income [paltry] from the
family trust); succession thus passed to his sister--
Andel sina Kavatu, of whom we last heard that she is happily partnered with
two girl-friends and all are prominent in artistic circles...
If the karun had had more children, they would have been ...prana Kavatu.
Prana's, sorry to say, don't get much respect; their share of trust income
is likely to be insignificant; but the upside is that they are relatively
unconstrained as to behavior, and the wealthy, the nouveaux-riches and
commoners alike consider it a coup if they can snag one as a lover or
spouse. Still, they often end up in downwardly mobile situations....
(1) He has been granted official status as an Ambassador to the U.N., and is
properly called Mr. Ambassador, or Mr. Emissary; popularly he is referred to
as The Emissary(a). In direct address, once formalities are dispensed with,
he prefers "(the) rona"; those of us who work with him call him Shenji......
(a) Certain extremist religious groups, who hold that he is most likely an
emissary of Satan, if not merely a human hoax in a Hollywood costume, use
less dignified terms.