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Современные ономастические представления азиатских эскимосов

The article deals with the contemporary naming system and the variability of per-
ceptions of the personal name among the Eskimo. Particular attention is paid to the analysis of
the  social life  of  the name  and  to  the  characteristics  of  the  ‘traditional’ naming  in  modern
context. The set of Eskimos’ traditional perceptions of the personal name, the most important
of them being the naming, continues to be relevant practically among all of the groups of this
Arctic people on both continents, despite the long history of such processes as Christianiza-
tion  and the  introduction  of  passports  as  well  as  incorporation  of  European  names  and  the
introduction of surnames. The name giving as a part of the ritual space is directly linked to
Eskimos’  perceptions  of  immortality  of  the  soul  and  interaction  between  the  world  of  the
living and the world of the dead.