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Old 04-21-2013, 10:22 AM
Thomas Ramey Watson Thomas Ramey Watson is offline
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Here's another take on the name. Historically knowing the name helps you find the essence of the person, the demon, God, etc. It can help you find power over them in spells and so on. It's a very rich tradition.

I think our culture has often been blinded to the very profound Western tradition, mistakenly thinking the Eastern religions have it all.


One early morning earth's womb opened, and young Adam,
we are told, gave each new creature a name
proper to its essence:
Adam could see into the heart of things.

Last night you called my name.
Finding me in darkness, you kindled in my breast
a twin to your own firstlight.

©Thomas Ramey Watson, Christianity and Literature, 33, No. 2 (1984), 20.
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