Minbari Rebirth Ceremony - The sci-fi
series BABYLON 5/SYN/1994-98 introduced a number of new alien races including
the Minbari who celebrate the Minbari Rebirth Ceremony, also called the
Nafak'Cha (it also doubles as a marriage ceremony). The ceremony commemorates a
great change that is coming or that is already here.
Minbari Ambassador Delenn
A key element of the ceremony requires each participant to reveal to another
a secret that has never been told to anyone else and to give away something that
is of great value to him.
The closing ceremony recreates the forming of the Grey Council, (the ruling
body of nine Minbari chosen from the society's three caste: Warrior, Religious,
A portion of the ceremony follows [Leader of group says]:
"Will you follow me into fire, into storm, into darkness, into death?" [The
Nine answer in the affirmative] "Then do it in testimony to the one who will
follow, who will bring death, couched in the promise of new life, and renewal,
disguised as defeat. [A red fruit is shared then the Leader continues] "From
birth, through death and renewal, you must put aside old things, old fears,
old lives, this is your death, the death of flesh, the death of pain, the
death of yesterday. Taste of it, and be not afraid, for I am with you to the
end of time. Taste of it. And so it begins."
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