tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Thu Apr 22 15:22:06 1999

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Re: TKD and canon

On Thu, 22 Apr 1999, Steven Boozer wrote:

> : >my heart is yours, {tIqwIj qanob} or {SoHvaD tIqwIj vInob} "I give you my
> : >heart."
> : >quljIb
> : 
> : Heart in this case means love, or it is merely the muscle?
> : 
> : Edy
> To Klingons the heart represents courage, bravery, honor, etc.  All the
> warrior virtues.  I have no idea if Klingons associate romantic love with
> one or more body parts (apart from their genitalia).

If DS9's "You Are Cordially Invited" is an example, I'd say that the heart
is the symbolic source of *all* strong emotions for Klingons.

  Worf, K'Ehleyr,
> Alexander and B'Elana - having been raised by and among humans - may
> understand the reference, but I doubt most other Klingons would.  

In my opinion, the only races that don't have some sort of "heart" ref
are the Founders (since they don't have physical hearts), the Jem'Hadar
and the Vorta (since they evolved to serve the Founders and have not been 
taught about the heart).

 > > Some quotes about the heart {tIq} in Klingon
tradition: > 
> "... the heart stands for one's spirit or principles." (TKW 23, cf. "Heart
> of Glory") 
> tIqlIj Da'angnIS 
> You must show your heart. PK 
> tIqwIj Sa'angnIS 
> I must show you my heart. TKW
> 	"For example, someone undergoing the Rite of Ascension says {tIqwIj
> Sa'angnIS} 'I must show you [plural] my heart'." (st.k 6/97)] 
> tIqDaq HoSna' tu'lu' 
> Real power is in the heart. 
> 	"In this phrase, the heart stands for one's spirit or principles." [TKW 23] 
> targh tIq 
> heart of targ 
> 	"a traditional Klingon dish" (TKW 173) 
> 	"Large animals are usually chopped into pieces, sometimes with attention
> paid to which piece is which (thus a {tIq} [heart] might be served as a
> dish in its own right)..." (KGT 87) 
> 	"The heart of the targ beast, although targ are bred for food throughout
> the Empire, the heart of the bred targ is considered weakened by
> domestication. Only the heart of a wild, hunted targ is considered worthy
> of eating. It is a rare delicacy." (KCD) 
> 	Even though the dish may be served with the hearts of more than one targ,
> the plural {tIqmey} is NEVER used in the name of the dish. This food item
> is described and shown in KCD.
> 	B'Ellana had to eat "from the heart of a sanctified targ" during the
> holodeck program she and Tom Paris wrote to commemorate the Klingon Day of
> Honor ("Day of Honor").  In this case, the heart appeared to be raw.
> qagh, ro'qegh'Iwchab, targh tIq Sop 'e' lungIl Humanpu' puS. 
> Few humans dare to eat gagh, rokeg blood pie, or heart of targ. S21

MajQa', Voragh. Your work is appreciable and thorough.


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