The nentay (pronunciation: S) is a Klingon ritual, called the "Rite of Ascension". A young Klingon follows this ritual to show that he has become an adult man / woman. The ritual can be repeated, for instance on the tenth anniversary or to show your strength(1). The following three phrases are spoken during the ritual(2):

The phrases

The following phrases are spoken by Worf in the TNG-episode "The Icarus Factor" and are printed in The Klingon Way (p. 203):
Klingon Translation
DaHjaj SuvwI''e' jIH Today I am a warrior.
tIqwIj Sa'angnIS I must show you my heart.
'Iw bIQtIqDaq jIjaH I travel the river of blood .

Word says another phrase that sounds like jIbechrup. may' vIloS. I am ready to suffer. I await the battle.


The above mentioned canon phrases can also be said as a wish(3), of course using the appropriate prefixes, suffixes and pronouns:

Klingon Translation
DaHjaj SuvwI''e' SoH Today you are a warrior.
tIqlIj Da'angnIS You must show us your heart.
'Iw bIQtIqDaq bIlengjaj May you travel the river of blood.
jagh lucharghlu'ta'bogh HuH ghopDu'lIj lungaSjaj May the bile of the vanquished fill your hands.

Non-canon addition

The additional phrases are not canon. Based on the English phrases spoken in the TNG episode(4), they were translated by Lieven L. Litaer in 1999 for members of the German Klingon fan club Khemorex Klinzhai who wanted to use it to play the nentay during their Qetlop and other related events.

Klingon Translation Quote from script
may'wIj 'oH may'vam'e' This battle is my battle. The battle is mine.
jagh 'Iw vIpoQ I request the blood of the enemy. I crave only the blood of the enemy.
qamDu'wIjDaq Heghpu'bogh jagh tu'lu' The body of the dead enemy lies to my feet. The bile of the vanquished flows over my hands.

Grammatical details

Origin of the word

The word nentay contains the noun nen growth, maturation and the noun tay ceremony, rite, ritual.

See also


1 : Star Trek: The Next Generation: "The Icarus Factor"

2 : The Klingon Way, p. 203

3 : Power Klingon

4 : Transcript of the episode "The icarus Factor"

External links

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