Star Wars & Phantom Menace/meaning of names

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me wrote at 2006-09-27 20:07:35
Anakim were a people living east of the Jordan.Like the nephilim they were giants.


Pashatemur wrote at 2007-09-11 15:38:36
Interestingly enough, the name "Anakin" and the Pali word "Anigha," which may be interpreted as "Without worry or trembling" or "Confident" or "Without desire" or "Sound" or "array of might" - as in an army or guardian, could be quite nicely linked.


FranciscanSpartan99 wrote at 2007-12-10 18:26:12
It seems possible that the name Obi-Wan Kenobi has a  partial Greek origin.  "Kenobi" is very similar to the Anglicized word "Cenobite".  A Cenobite is a monk who lives in a monastery.  At the beginning of episode 4, Kenobi is living alone in the desert as a hermit, similar to an anchorite, or solitary monk.  In the earlier episodes, Kenobi lives with other Jedi, but later by himself.  G. Lucas may be trying to paint Kenobi as a desert master like Antony of the Desert or a cenobitic master like Benedict of Nursia.  His dress in episode 4 is like that of a monk, as all the Jedi tend to dress as monks.


Dasec wrote at 2008-12-03 18:55:29
Just a little not on your explanation of the meaning of "Anakin".  Try dividing Anakin and you get Ana-kin, which has the meaning of against family.  This makes more sense from the veiw of the original trilogy.


rmtomkins wrote at 2010-06-08 22:48:02
Obi Wan Kenobi-Lucas was not casual with his naming conventions for his characters--especially in the early (by time, not story order) episodes.



Thus, Luke was self-named. Princess Leia-well.



Obi Wan was carefully named too.



He is the (maybe with Yoda) paradigmtic figure of a kind for the whole Saga.



His name translates as   "Old One Can New Be", a naming convention that has significance within the context of the first (in time) episode but then also in looking ahead,within the whole context of the Saga.



Of all the characters in the Saga, Obi Wan was the one who most contrinually, self-consciously, and by force of will, grew, reinvented and transformed himself, in an individual,psychological way, but more importantly, in a heroic, mythic sense, as say,did  Achilles and Odysseus, in Greek mythology and Western literature.



Analyzed this way, Obi Wan (and Yoda-under a similar but separate analysis)  become the key the archetypal pillars in the Star Wars mythos, around which and in relation to which all of the other characters and myriad events revolve.


JDavy wrote at 2011-08-18 12:11:41
I wonder if Darth is from the Hebrew Da'ath (Knowledge) and Yoda also from a Hebrew word Ya'da (also a word for Knowledge) - but used when refering to the knowledge of good and evil in Genesis.


Rubens Sayegh wrote at 2013-01-06 23:08:57
In airplanes you have two devices to check your path. They are called "Omni-Bearing Indicators". To choose the frequency, you turn a knob. You can imagine how to diferentiate knob 1 from knob 2... OBI 1 knob and OBI 2 knob... Obi One Knob...


Rubens Sayegh wrote at 2013-01-07 15:33:06
Besides "Obi" in Japanese and all other separate meanings, specifically for the entire name "Obi Wan Kanobi", used by George Lucas, I believe it to be a little more simple, although much more ingenious...



Every airplane has two devices used as a short-range radio navigation system, enabling the aircraft to determine it's position and stay on course by receiving radio signals. These devices are named "Omni-Bearing Indicator", also known as "VOR" (VHF Omnidirectional Range), and you select the frequencies by turning a knob in each unit. Select the "origin" frequency in the first unit, and the "destination" frequency in the second unit. When in flight, these devices make sure your aircraft is on the right course from "origin" to "destination".



So, you have "Omni-Bearing Indicator 1 knob" and "Omni-Bearing Indicator 2 knob". Then, just imagine the pronounciation of the first one...

"OBI 1 Knob"...


Rubens wrote at 2013-03-05 14:06:35
Well, specificall for "Obi-Wan Kenobi", here's what I believe is the simplest explanation...



Every airplane has two devices used as a short-range radio navigation system, enabling the aircraft to determine it's position and stay on course by receiving radio signals. These devices are named "Omni-Bearing Indicator", also known as "VOR" (VHF Omnidirectional Range), and you select the frequencies by turning a knob in each unit. Select the "origin" frequency in the first unit, and the "destination" frequency in the second unit. When in flight, these devices make sure your aircraft is on the right course from "origin" to "destination".



So, you have "Omni-Bearing Indicator 1 knob" and "Omni-Bearing Indicator 2 knob". Then, just imagine the pronounciation of the first one...

"OBI 1 Knob"...


doug wrote at 2016-08-16 11:46:43
I would guess that Anakin comes from the prefix ana- meaning "without" and the English word "kin" meaning family, because Anakin is orphaned.


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