\nI did not realise the complexity of our naming system until I came across the extremely simple \u2013 and therefore confusing \u2013 naming system used for naming children in Bali, Indonesia.\nIt is the complexity of the structure that we use that allows for incisive clarity and lack of confusion. Whereas a structure that is seemingly simple has the potential to result in muddles.\nWe take the system of first name, middle name and last name for granted.\nBut in Bali there is ONLY a first name.\nNow Bali is a Hindu state that has the Mahabharata \u2013 the battle of 5 Pandava and 100 Kaurava cousins \u2013 entrenched into the cultural consciousness. SO should we assume that they have planned for at least one hundred names?\nYes \u2013 we could assume. But we would be wrong.\nBali has ONLY 4 names that are fixed according to the birth order.\nTherefore the first born child or child number 1 is named Wayan, child number 2 is named Made, child number 3 is named Nyoman\u00a0 and child number 4 is named Ketut.\nONLY these four names are used for all of Bali\u2019s children.\nThere is an assumption that parents will have only 4 children as there is no fifth name. In case a 5th child arrives, the naming cycle is repeated and the name given is Wayan! The 6th is Made \u2026 and so on.\nSure makes it easy for the mother to remember!\nI wonder what the teacher does in school!\u00a0 In a class of 40 students, if probabilities are equal there are at least 10 of each name in a class.\nSo is there a surname to suffix? NO.\nThe name is just one single word. Wayan or Made or Nyoman or Ketut.\nSo how? The answer lies in a nickname that is also used to address the child.\nWhat about legal issues like property etc \u2026\nSince it is a thriving system, the answers are all probably there, even though I do not know them.\n***\n\u201cWonder\u201d is so much more fun than \u201clogic\u201d and discoveries such as this one make life\u2019s journey so much more interesting!\njm\nDec 2015\nBack to Indonesian Archipelago Diaries\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post What\u2019s in a Name! appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.