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when/why did renaming people start?

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when/why did renaming people start?

Postby alan... » Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:25 am

where someone ordains and they give them a new name. did this start in the time of the buddha? as far as i can tell ananda was still ananda after ordination and many others retained their names.

when and why did they start giving everyone new names?

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Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:33 am

It started pretty much from the beginning. Gotama became 'Buddha' (awakened one). Upatissa and Kolita became Sariputta and Moggallana. And there are numerous others mentioned in the Pali Canon that had name changes with the ordination (although apparently not all).

I imagine it has to do with the new role, the new identity in changing from a lay man to the life of a monk. And then the preceptor picking a name that might be appropriate to your temperament, personality, etc.
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Postby tiltbillings » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:53 am

[quote="DhammanandoBut these weren’t new names. Moggallāna was Kolita’s brahminical gotra name (he was from the Maudgala gotra) and Sāriputta was Upatissa’s matronym (his mum was called Sārī). Most of the Buddha’s disciples of brahminical birth are called in the Suttas by their gotra names, for example all the various Kassapas, Kaccāyanas, Koṇḍaññas, Vacchas, Bharadvajas, Piṅgalas, etc.[/quote]And if you are a Brahmin that is not a disciple of the Buddha, you might get called Snaggle-teeth, Kutadanta.

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