Far Eastern mythology is fascinating, not only because of its incredible stories, legends, and abundance of gods but also because in the Western world, we do not learn enough about the Far East in school. Sure, we know where those fantastic countries are when we look at the world map, we may have traveled there a lot, and we may have a lot of friends with Far Eastern origins, but do we know enough about the culture and the ancient mythology of Far East? You can honor these fascinating cultures by naming your doggo after one of the deities originating from this part of the world, which is also an excellent opportunity to read up on the old religions and compelling stories they have.
Far Eastern Mythology Dog Names in Pop Culture
There has never been a more heartwarming story than the story of Hachiko. This astounding, loving, caring, and unforgettable doggo will forever remain immortalized in history thanks to his devotion and love for his owner and best friend. The beautiful Akita Inu, born in 1923, remains the epitome of loyalty and the unconditional love our dogs give us every day throughout their lives.
Hachiko was born on a farm in Odate, in Akita Prefecture in Japan. His owner, Hidesaburo Ueno was the professor at the Tokyo Imperial University, and every day when he went to work, he said goodbye to his beloved dog, who knew exactly when to leave the house to wait for his owner at the train station at the time when he gets back home. This routine became an everyday practice for them, and everyone at the Shibuya train station knew who Hachiko was, since he was there every day at the same time, jumping for joy whenever his owner got off the train.
One day, Ueno did not get off the bus. That fateful day, Ueno suffered a cerebral hemorrhage during one of his lectures, and died, not returning home that day. Hachiko waited and waited, but his owner never arrived. However, even though Ueno’s family tried to explain to Hachiko that Ueno was gone, the devoted dog did not accept this, and went to the train station every day for the next nine years, nine months, and fifteen days, waiting for his owner to return into his paws. The people at the train station noticed the dog and soon began to give him food and water, aware of his sad fate. He became the symbol of loyalty all over Japan, and articles were written about him in all newspapers across the country.
At the age 11, in March of 1935, Hachiko passed away. His body was found near the Shibuya train station. His remains were cremated and were buried in the Aoyama Cemetery in Tokyo, next to Professor Ueno, where they will forever be together again. Many statues of Hachiko appeared in Japan, but the most beautiful one of them all is the one which depicts Hachiko reuniting with his owner Ueno, placed at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Tokyo where Ueno taught. The statue was sculpted by Tsutomo Ueda, and it shows Hachiko jumping to meet his owner one last time.
Far Eastern Mythology Dog Name Considerations
If you are still reading this through the tears because of Hachiko’s story, you may start considering the perfect name for your loyal friend. Your dog deserves the best name in the world and all the love you can give them, because they will surely give you theirs, so choosing the Far Eastern mythology as inspiration is terrific since there are so many deities that represent love, devotion, and loyalty.
So, if you are a proud owner of Akita Inu, you may consider the name Hachiman, after the God of Eight Banners in the Japanese mythology. Another excellent choice is Kali, after the Hindu goddess of Time and Creation. Or perhaps you gravitate more towards Parvati, Hindu goddess of fertility, love, and devotion, the traits your dog has and something you should strive for in your life.
Some of the great names you can consider are Krishna and Ganesh, after Hindu gods of compassion, tenderness, and love, and Remover of Obstacles, respectfully. Vishnu in Hinduism known as the "preserver" in the Hindu trinity, the protector of the world against chaos and evil is also an excellent choice and a very popular god that you have undoubtedly heard of before.