tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Fri May 10 12:30:49 2002

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Re: Klingon WOTD: lat (n)

>Klingon word:   lat
>Part of Speech: noun
>Definition:     shrine

Never used in canon.

If by {lat} Okrand means the portable box containing an image of Kahless, 
then we've seen one from time to time in Worf's quarters on TNG and 
DS9.  There's a close-up photo showing its carved doors open, containing a 
statuette of what appears to be Kahless holding a conventional straight 
sword (interestingly, NOT his famous bat'leth) in TKW (p. 210).  If this is 
a {lat}, it would seem to refer to a relatively small household shrine or 
altar (cf. the Roman lararium which contained small statuettes of the 
household gods) and not a small, roadside {chIrgh} "temple" - also never 
used in canon! - assuming Klingons even have these.  Klingons would 
probably use {lat} to refer to those large bejeweled boxes the Bajorans use 
to hold the various "Tears of the Prophets" seen occasionally in DS9.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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