This little fellow here is one of the latest Terrills to be born. His father also has a grandson named Terrill (the second picture), which means, these two Terrills will have an uncle-nephew relationship, even though the uncle will be younger (yes, the man has three wives). In any case, this is good motivation to be an excellent role model for all my namesakes!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
The Proliferation of Terrills
When we first came to Karamoja, we wondered why so many people have the same names, or, put another way, why people showed so little creativity in naming their children. Many children are named after very close relatives, as close as aunts and uncles. Other children are named after well-known foreigners, especially Catholic priests who lived in the area for decades. For example, there must be dozens of 'John Boscos', probably named after a note-worthy Italian priest (most priests in Karamoja come from Italy). Well, I don't know what this means, but there are little Terrills popping up all over the place. Am I a priest? I did used to get letters here addressed to "Terro, Parish Priest of Nagala", though I was quick to dispell that notion when I got the chance.