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What traditions and stories are passed down through people's names in this novel?

Created: 05/24/13

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Posted May. 24, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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What traditions and stories are passed down through people's names in this novel?

Names have a strong significance in the novel. Papa tells Raami he named her Vattaaraami, "Because you are my temple and my garden, my sacred ground, and in you I see all of my dreams." What does Papa's own name, Sisowath Ayuravann, mean? What traditions and stories are passed down through these names?


Posted Jun. 04, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
rebeccar

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RE: What traditions and stories are passed down through people's names in this novel?

The father's name of Sisowath was from being a great grandson of King Sisowath in the early 1900's (Now I want to go back and read more about the history of Cambodia!) So there will be this royal lineage that continued through the French "protectorate" days, but the other part embodies all the rich Buddhist heritage and values.


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