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Origin of the name ABAYA.
Etymology of the name ABAYA.
Meaning of the baby name ABAYA.


ABÁYA (אַבַּיֵי).  Aramaic name, meaning "little father" or "my father," from the root abá (father). (Orissa, Hunter, v.2, 1872).  Also spelled Abaye.

... During Talmudic times it seems to have been believed that some shedhim were harmless, and, though they were looked upon as evilly inclined and malignant, a friendly intercourse with them does not appear to have been considered contrary to Jewish law.  Thus a Rabbi once assisted in a dispute between two shedhim, in which one who had taken unlawful possession of a place belonging to the other was vanquished and a few drops of blood were found floating on the well where they dwelt (Levit. Rab. 24); but, on the other hand, Abaya saw a seven-headed monster coming out of a well and killed it.*  The attitude of the Rabbis was justifiable so long as it did not lead to real idolatry.
    *This is one of the earliest mentions of a seven-headed dragon, which plays such an important role in fairy-tales. (Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics, Hastings, 1916)


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