The Widow Harun

Lavinia's Diary: Naming Day

My beautiful, brave and fearless pony (he saved me from the barbarians) needs a name before we go shopping. I can’t do this alone, so I decide to include him in his naming (no living family members are available). I bring the paint, powder, incense sticks, a candle and some fresh spring water for the ceremony. First I release him from being held in place, freeing him to move as he pleases. I light the candle to frighten away any evil spirits. Then I light the incense stick to fill the air with good fortune. Next I begin singing while I spread the powder over certain sections of his body (didn’t have enough to do his whole body). Then I start chanting while I apply the paint that will display his name (using the symbols from home). RANKUAIRONG. Ran is his surname that everyone can call him. Kuai is his given name, and means rapid, quick, speedy, fast. Rong is also part of his given name, and means glorious. Then I bury a coin (one of the precious few I still have from home) at the site I chose for the ceremony. This will give him good luck every time he steps on ground when he travels. Finally a quick drink of the spring water to spread the Karma through out his body (he actually drank the water easily when offered, a good sign). Then I hugged him and kissed him and applied one of my tears to his head, just below his left eye (so he can see the ancient spirits of his ancestors). Finally I whisper into his ear that we will take care of each other in our travels.

We are both ready now. Time to go buy some SHOES!

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