5114Re: [SCA-JML] (unknown)
- Jun 20, 2001Baron Edward!
Greetings from Solveig! Not only do I not recall seeing occupations
slotted into infant names, but I am not convinced that the
occupational name construction is correct. Those books are in
an entirely different state at the moment, so I can not conjure
up dozens of examaples of -maro (old form) -maru (new form) names.
A few examples of historical -maru names will have to suffice.
Jirouhoujimaru (this comes closest to the proposed form)
More typical would be something of the form
Kamewakamaru - Tortoise+Young+Maru
Further, while "hunting" was a common sport of the Bushi
(see Farris), it was not (to the best of my recolection)
a particularly common occupation. Since we do have recepies
for a variety of game animals, we are confident that hunting
did take place. However, due to Buddhist sentiments, the
status of a hunter would not be particularly high except
possibly in rather early times when the court had an annual
hunt ritual. I sincerely doubt that parents would be eager
to saddle their child with a name involving hunting.
Your Humble Servant
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