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Jun 7, 2023

What’s in a name? Well, it turns out, a whole lot! We dive into the religious and folkloric origins of the True Name, the fantasy works it inspired, and how names are just as powerful now as they were in the dawn of humanity. 


Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of death, animal attacks, racism, slavery, and religious persecution.  



- Links: Read more about names in Judaism here, here, and here!

- Recommendation: This week, Julia recommends The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

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Spirits was created by Julia Schifini, Amanda McLoughlin and Eric Schneider. We are founding members of Multitude, an independent podcast collective and production studio. Our music is "Danger Storm" by Kevin MacLeod (, licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.