tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Mon Jul 19 15:58:28 1999

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gods (from Marc)

>From the startrek.klingon news group:

>There is a Klingon word that could be translated "god" or
>"supernatural being":  <Qun>.
>In talking of times long ago (pre-Kahless?), Klingons
>mention these beings, and there seem to have been a good
>number of them (the plural of <Qun> is <Qunpu'> since they
>are or were presumably capable of using language, which is
>what the plural suffix <-pu'> implies).  Though too little
>is known of ancient Klingon theology, there doesn't seem to
>have been a single <Qun> that stood out from the rest.
>Indeed, the <Qunpu'> appear to have acted collectively.
><Qunpu'> are distinct from <qa'pu'> "spirits" (such as the
>spirits of the dishonored dead which reside at Gre'thor).
><Qun'a'> "great god" (<Qun> plus <-'a'>, the augmentative
>suffix) may or may not be an appropriate translation for a
>single supernatural being in a monotheistic system, since
>the <Qun'a'> would still be one among many.

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