My Name is Akana

What is in a name

Note: This blog is from the summer of 2018 and has been unpublished until now.


There is this moment in Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune that has stuck with me ever since I was a small child. Paul Atreides, the leading protagonist, takes shelter with the desert people, also known as the Fremen. Once he was accepted by their tribe he begins leading and training them in ways of combat and, based on his characteristics and their impression of him, they give him a new name. They called him Muad’Dib.