As most people who practice Taoism will know, it’s the religious tradition of Chinese origin that promotes living in harmony with Tao. Tao is a word to describe a path or way to go. Taoism and its meanings tend to differ, depending on where you learn it, but the basis remains the same. It’s a mental, physical, and spiritual practice that millions of people around the world follow.
If you want your dog to share part of the harmony you enjoy from Taoism, then you may decide to look for Taoism dog names. Given that Taoism is a broad, eclectic term, you will not be short of options. Read on to discover how to choose Taoism dog names and the process for selecting the right one.
Taoism Dog Names in Pop Culture
Not every member of your family is going to share your same passion for Taoism dog names. They may feel like a religious or philosophical name for a dog is too hard to explain to the average stranger in a vet clinic waiting room. While that might be true, there are ways and means around it.
You can still choose Taoism dog names that connect with an essential part of your culture and life, but also to dogs in pop culture. Take, for example, Arthur. Arthur is the name of a Taoist philosopher. He said that Taoism has a practical, yet political side. He translated the three treasures of Taoism (moderation, compassion, and humility) to be an “abstention” of aggressive war and capital punishment. He believed that Taoism was the absolute simplicity of living, with “refusal to assert active authority.”
Offering up this description as inspiration for your dog’s name may be a bit much on the first meeting with someone. Therefore, you could also tell people that the name Arthur came from Arthur, the Ecuadorian street dog who started hanging out with a Swedish extreme sports team.
When the team were at the Adventure Racing World Championship in 2014, the leader of the four-person group, Mikael Lindnord, offered a street dog a canned meatball. After the race, the dog followed the team everywhere. They had to haul him out of deep mud, and he even swam a leg of their kayaking event. He didn’t want to let his new friends out of his sight. The team quickly grew to love the dog, even calling him Arthur after King Arthur in Britain.
The team then raised money on Twitter to take the dog back with them to Sweden from Ecuador. They received help from the Ecuadorian Minister for Social Affairs and permission from the Swedish Board of Agriculture and finally took Arthur with them. He had to have surgery for wounds he must have had for months, dental care, and stayed in quarantine for 120 days. Finally, in March 2015, he was allowed to go home with a member of the team. He was around seven years old by that stage.
Since then, Arthur has accompanied the team to Wings for Life World Run in Kalmar and is the namesake of a charity to help other street dogs in Ecuador. Mikael Lindnord has also co-written a book about Arthur.
However, not all publicity is good publicity. A supposed former owner came forward, claiming Arthur was his dog, Barbuncho. Many others claimed Arthur was theirs as well. Because of the nature of Arthur’s wounds, petitions were made to bring his former owner to justice. Claims of ownership then ceased.
Taoism Dog Name Considerations
When you decide to look at Taoism dog names for your new family addition, you have to be careful. Any names from a religion or philosophy blow the door right open for offense and upset. You have to make sure the word or name you choose is one that’s not going to offend anyone in any way. If you follow Taoism, you’ll hopefully understand it enough not to make that mistake.
With any name, it’s crucial to establish the meaning. Find out if it’s entirely random, or whether the name means something special or unique. Looking for the definition can ensure you stay away from names that may be particularly offensive.
You may also like to factor in your dog’s gender. Many of the words and names relating to Taoism will not be gender specific. However, some names will suit a male or female better than others. For example, Arthur, a Taoist philosopher has a name that’s far better suited for a male. Use your discretion.
Personality is also an integral part of the naming process due to how many Taoism words exist in this realm. If your dog is a bit of a glutton, then a name like Jian may work. Jian means moderation, which is something your pooch could learn at dinner time!