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Lesson 49
Your Turn 7


In Frank Herbert’s Dune series, the author supposes an order of women who have mastered many powers of mind and body. One of their calming techniques involves the “Litany Against Fear” which, through much repetition, has the power to turn the litanist’s mind from the distress she feels to the situation at hand. A useful trick, that.

Vocabulary

dí–

Prefix (verb): allow to VERB; permit to VERB; let VERB {AB}

in

to exist

óoyahonetha

mind (óoya (heart) + on (head) + –tha (POSSbirth)] (literally: head’s heart)

shunedi

litany [shun (ceremony; ritual) + di (speak)] {AB}

wetham

to turn [weth (way; path; road) + tham (circle)]

Along with the prefix dí– (allow to VERB; permit to VERB; let VERB) comes a verb “non” which also means “to allow; to permit; to let” {AB}.

English Text

The Litany Against Fear

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

My Láadan Translation with Morphemic Analysis & Retranslation into English

The Litany Against Fear

Shunedi Héeya Rada

Shunedi

Ritual + Speak = Litany

Héeya

BeAfraid

Rada

NON + BENEF = Against

Litany Against (Opposed-to-the-benefit-of) Fear


I must not fear.

Bíi dush héeya ra le wa.

Bíi

DECL

dush

Must

héeya

BeAfraid

ra

NEG

le

I

wa.

MYPERC

I must not fear.


Fear is the mind-killer.

Héeya dóshebashebá óoyahonethathum.

Héeya

BeAfraid

dóshebashebá

CAUSEto + Death = Kill + DOER = Killer

óoyahonethathum.

Heart + Head + POSSbirth = Mind + PARTV + IDENT

Fear is the killer of mind.


Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.

Héeya nin hishebashebehóo rahineháam.

Héeya

BeAfraid

nin

Cause

hishebashebehóo

MINI + Death + Focus

rahineháam.

NON + Exist + EMBEDrel + IDENT

Fear is the mini-death that causes nonexistence.


I will face my fear.

Aril lohil le héeya lethoth.

Aril

FUT

lohil

PayAttnInt

le

I

héeya

BeAfraid

lethoth.

I + POSS + OBJ

I shall pay attention internally to my fear.


I will permit it to pass over me and through me.

Dísháad le lhebeth lesha o i lesha obe.

Dísháad

ALLOW + GoCome

le

I

lhebeth

XDesp1 + OBJ

lesha

I + PLC

o

Around

i

And

lesha

I + PLC

obe.

Through

I shall allow it (despised) to go around me and through me.


And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.

I úyahú thósháad lhebe, lohil le weth lhebethuth.

I

And

úyahú

CONJtime

thósháad

JUST + GoCome

lhebe,

XDesp1

lohil

PayAttnInt

le

I

weth

Path

lhebethuth.

XDesp1 + PARTV + OBJ

And then when it (despised) has just gone, I shall pay attention internally to its path.


Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.

Úshahú thósháad héeya, ham radal.

Úshahú

CONJplc

thósháad

JUST + GoCome

héeya,

Fear

ham

BePresent

radal.

NON + Thing = Nothing

Where fear has gone, there will be nothing.


Only I will remain.

Náham lehóo neda wa.

Náham

CONT + BePresent = Remain

lehóo

I + Focus

neda

Only

wa.

MYPERC

Only I alone will still be present.

My Láadan Text

Shunedi Héeya Rada

Bíi dush héeya ra le wa.
Héeya dóshebashebá óoyahonethathum.
Héeya nin hishebashebehóo rahineháam.
Aril lohil le héeya lethoth.
Dísháad le lhebeth lesha o i lesha obe.
I úyahú thósháad lhebe, lohil le weth lhebethuth.
Úshahú thósháad héeya, ham radal.
Náham lehóo neda wa.

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