A spooky experience

by Cellobella on Friday, May 18, 2007

Groover is in Karratha this week and staying at one of their more salubrious establishments. That is to say, a very ordinary establishment indeed.

As he wandered back through the lobby he passed the front bar where an older Aboriginal man was playing pool.

The man jerked as Groover passed and shouted out Groover’s name loudly… it is not a common name.

Nonplussed, Groover walked over and said “Hello do I know you? My name is Groover*.”

The man started speaking in his native language at him. Groover replied that he didn’t understand what the man was saying and the man kind of came to – if that’s the best description. He looked confused and then told Groover that his son was also called Groover* and had died at only two years of age. He hadn’t said his son’s name since**.

Groover was completely freaked out by this and called me soon after to debrief.

Spooky huh?!

*Plainly he didn’t say Groover, but Groover’s real name here. Who would name their child Groover?!

**Many Indigenous cultures avoid referring to dead people by their names.

{ 2 comments }

h&b May 19, 2007 at 12:52 am

THAT

is really freaky.

and would therefore

freak me out.

Victoria Draken May 19, 2007 at 8:51 am

Hello, I am one of those “I randomly came here by accident” people! I was looking for information to include in my presentation about the Wikipedia seminar I attended and found you.

I remember reading about the Aboriginies (I get very confused whether to call them Aboriginies or Aboriginals) avoiding mentioning the names of the deceased. It was a story I read years ago set back when white man first came to Australia and the half white, half Aboriginal children were rejected by both cultures. It was told through the eyes of a girl who was half white and half Aboriginal, and she was shunned because she spoke her mother’s name after her mother had died. It was a very good book, wish I could remember what it was called.

Anyway, the main reason I’m commenting now is because I’ve had your blog open for a few days and now I’m doing a research assignment for my library course and need to close down some windows, but I didn’t want to close your blog without saying something! So hopefully, when I get my old blog back up and running we can blogroll :-)

Although, sometimes, my comments are like blog entries in and of themselves…

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