[-14] Name and death

Taeko took us to a cemetery near her house in Tokyo and told us that in Buddhist  culture you get a new name after you die and that is the only name on the tombstone. I looked it up.

Turns out that this has to do with not invoking the return of the deceased if his name is uttered. The practice is called kaimyō and it is said that it’s a rather corrupt deal because the length and *quality* of the name you’re given depends on the sum you offer to the priests. Be as it may with corruption, it is nevertheless funky that names you read on tombstones around Japan are not the names of people that lived but rather defensive names against them coming back.

In the example of Janša we have intellectual triggers that work in similar ways. I will let the recently deceased Antonio Caronia explain one angle, and then the still living Mladen Dolar another: