Age of Ascension - Klingon ritual performed on
the sci-fi series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/SYN/1987-94. When a Klingon
reaches the Age of Ascension, a spiritual passage from youth to warrior (a
rougher version of a bar mitzvah) he must proclaim "Today I am a warrior. I must
show you my heart. I travel the river of blood" ("DaHjaj Suvwl'e'jlH, tlgwlj
Sa'angNlS. lw blQtlqDaq jljaH.")
A neophyte warrior is required to walk
through a gauntlet of seasoned Klingon warriors who'd jab him with cattle probe
like pain sticks. As he endures the violent shocks, he shares deep felt feelings
with his persecutors. Worf, underwent his Age of Ascension at the age of 15 in
the year 2355.
A holographic simulation of the ceremony was reconstructed on
episode No. 40 "The Icarus Factor" as Worf's crewmates celebrated his
ascension's tenth anniversary.
TRIVIA NOTE: On the prison drama OZ/HBO/1997+ a ceremony akin to the Age of
Ascension called "Hoe Checking" puts an inmate through a group beating to see if
he will stand-up for himself. It is also known as a "Check" or "Checking."
See also -
DEATH - "Klingon
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