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Naming rituals have been used by African indigenous peoples since the beginning of recorded history. African Americans also use naming practices, but slavery and diaspora have confounded many of the elements of contemporary naming practices so that the process is not as clearly defined as observed in traditional rituals. African Americans are increasingly interested in researching and adopting the use of traditional naming rituals because of the potential enrichment that such ceremonies represent for the spiritual, social, and cultural well-being of their families, children, and communities.

Ancient Egypt and the Rationale for Naming Ceremonies

The use of language is perhaps the greatest social achievement of humankind. Language involves the communication of implicit and explicit meanings that are often attached to labels such as ...

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