What’s in a name? Imagine having names like Bright, (My) Light, (My) Lantern, (My) Sunshine, Illuminating, Glowing, Luminous, etc., all derived from light sources; such naming may seem weird in English, but not in Amharic, Tigrigna, or Afaan Oromo—three of the more than 70 Ethiopian languages. In Ethiopia, while most names are taken from the Bible and Qur’an, non-religious names also abound, thanks to the diverse cultures. The poem above celebrates those names that are inspired by Light.
Speaking of naming, the girl in this Tigrigna song praises her ideal lover as Chocolate: