tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Wed Jun 09 02:57:06 1999

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'oy'DI' QuchwIj, jIQuch!

qen ja' voragh:
>... just something to pass the time between rounds of forehead butting and mu'qaD veS.

Any ideas as to the Klingon for *forehead butting*?  /qIp/ (hit with hand, fist, implement) would seem inapplicable.

A propos, here's a passage that Klingonists may find of interest from an article on the origins of the martial arts in China:

[The] intertwined traditions of theater and the martial arts came together in
their most peculiar form in the "butting game" (chiao-ti hsi) of the Ch'in
and Han dynasties.  The eighteenth century T'u-shu chi-ch'eng, an encyclopedia
in 10,000 sections (chuan) that is one of the largest and most complete ever 
compiled anywhere, lists this butting game as its first entry under the subject 
of boxing.  In the original form of this game, people donned cow's horns and
butted one another, in commemoration of a mythological event from the time
of the Yellow Emperor.  Eventually, however, it became a generic name
referring to games of combat such as wrestling, acrobatics and other assorted 
forms of entertainment.  This transformation was in progress in 209 B.C., 
when the second emperor of Ch'in "made merry with games of butting and 
comedic actors."  In this, one of their earliest manifestations, the martial arts 
appear to have taken the form of faintly ridiculous entertainment.

>From Charles Holcombe, "Theater of Combat: A Critical Look at the Chinese 
Martial Arts" (

The Ohio State mirror site of the Center for Buddhist Studies at  National Taiwan University (indexed at holds a wealth of scholarly articles on Buddhism and related topics.  tIlaD!


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