Dictionary of names
"You give life to a name by mentioning it. The name immediately calls the soul it designates; that's why mentioning a name has such a deep meaning. "Invoking a person's name means actually making it present. Doing something on someone's behalf or calling someone by their name are acts that involve a direct, dialogical relationship. it is the key of the person, to mention someone's name means to sit in his presence.
The name is a quintessence of the person, and the person, with all its peculiarities and energy, is present in the name. In the Old Testament tradition, as in ancient pagan cultures, there was a close connection between one's soul and one's name. In ancient societies, the magical value attributed to the word appears as a particular offering in the name that designates the person.
For primitive man, the name...
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