Osiris Aten wrote:
In the Bible, God's name is not known because ancient Mesopotamian cultures believed knowing the deity's name gave them power in spells and prayers. Hence, do not take the Lord God's name in vain means do not use it for an incantation or means to assert power over others.
If you are looking for more information, I'd recommend researching articles or books concerning religion and mythology.
fascinating! any links you would recommend to start with?
Another example that I think might fit would be Rumplestiltskin. The princess had to find his true name in order to stop the goblin from taking her child.
that's a great example. the wikipedia article talks about the power of a True Name
Did you guys just grow up knowing this myth (of Name Power), because frankly, B5 was the first place I ever heard it?
I wouldn't say I grew up knowing it. I was always fascinated by myth, and reading, and just about any sort of philosophy I could get my hands on. And yes, even all the way back in grade school. And one thing I've noticed recently is that many of these concepts are portrayed in a very subtle way.
As one of my english teachers said, everything thats written recently is just a new iteration of an old pattern.