[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: jatyIn

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Jun 10 08:14:19 PDT 2019

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, June 10, 2019

Klingon word: jatyIn
Part of speech: noun
Definition: spiritual possession

AFAIK never used in a sentence.

(ST Encyclopedia):  …the taking of the living by the dead. Spiritual possessions of this sort have been reported throughout Klingon history." (TNG "Power Play")


  "According to legend, spirits of the dead that possess the living." (_Diplomatic Implausibility_ by Keith R.A. DeCandido; from the glossary?)

  "*Jat'yIn* are ready to eat hearts of the unwary." (_Diplomatic Implausibility_ by Keith R.A. DeCandido)

  "*Jat'yIn* possessing the dead can control their actions." (_A Time for War, A Time For Peace_ by Keith R.A. DeCandido)

  "When Worf was young, living on Earth, there had been a girl next door who had some sort of ancient game called a Ouija board, supposedly to communicate with the dead. The girl used to work the board for hours. It seemed patently absurd to Worf. If the deceased wanted to talk, why couldn't they simply take over someone's body and talk in a straightforward fashion?" (_Imzadi II: Triangle_ by Peter David)

Heghpu'wI' 	the dead (n)
qa' 		spirit (n)

Note the Empire Union Day toast {SoHDaq qeylIS qa' yInjaj} "May the spirit of Kahless live within you!" (PK).

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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