Quite fascinating otherwise, in sagas here and there from over the world, how knowing someone's "real" name made one have power over them.
But it is strange then that there is not a closer bond in the village. Because with the wolfriders everyone who has shared soulnames are very close emotionelly. Hmmm....
Aha, I remembered correctly that this was mentioned in Fire & Flight :)
*reads and sums up*
Leetah did ask Nightfall what a soul name was at one point. And later on, once she and Cutter actually spoke she said now that she finally had said it [Tam] outloud she *knew* what a soul name is and what it means. "All that you are is - Tam."
Leetah also said:
"Except for Savah, my people have all but forgotten how to send. Unlike you wolfriders we Sun Folk have not needed secret names to guard our inner most private secrets. But though your sending batters me with the force of a sandstorm.. I can no longer deny that you are part of me. The Bond is true!"
Erm yes, forgot my point there for a bit :p
So this should indicate they had forgotten what soulnames were, but once remembered, they did *know*?