societies celebrate in their arts the heroes and monumental events in
Klingons are no exception, and have an extremely rich heritage
bat'leth is known as the 'sword of honor'.
Legend has it that Kahless forged the first bat'leth about 1500
years ago from a lock of his hair, which he dropped in the lava of
the Kri'stak Volcano and then cooled in the lake of Lursor before
twisting it into a blade.
history didn't really begin till the year 625, this is when Kahless
the Unforgettable united the people of Qo'noS by defeating
Molor. During this battle Kahless bestowed upon all future
generations the principles of honor by which every Klingon aspires to
have many festivals but the one that stands out from the others is "Kot'baval",
this annual event celebrates the great fight between Kahless and Molor
in which Kahless killed Molor in the field of battle, thereby setting
all future Klingons free from his Tyranny.
most colourful of all the festivals held throughout the Klingon
Empire, to be seen in all its glory, it is a must to attend the
festival on the Klingon home world of Qo'noS: it is a day of
celebration and joy in every town and village on the planet, retelling
in song and story the events of that magnificent day that changed the
klingon race forever.
in the far flung Klingon settlements throughout galaxy the day is
celebrated as a glorious holiday.
villages town squares are transformed into a rich tapestry of colour,
smells and sounds reminiscent of an ancient time. The square
becomes a medieval Klingon world. Stores are decorated with
banners and all types of colourful artifacts. There is amusements on
the streets, fire dancers, jugglers and singers.
the ritual is the centerpiece of the festival, this takes place in the
centre of the square, where Klingon street opera performs historical
events in a way only a true Klingon could relish; two warriors sing
loudly as they engage in mock combat, accompanied by street musicians
who are playing instruments called 'In which are stuck by the
fist and palm to create a reverberating sound that can be deafening.
two performers are clad in colourful robes, patterned after ancient
garb of Kahless' time; they thrust and parry with their bat'leth
swords which have bells attached to their frames that jingle with
part of the Kot'baval ceremony Klingons who a true of heart can
challenge the Tyrant Molor to single combat
two Klingons voices fill the square with song as they battle.
Finally the larger of the two fells his opponent and call out as he
rattles his bat'leth over his head in victory. This is the
Tyrant Molor, he is so strong no one can stand against him. The
fallen Klingon looks over at the gathered crowd and cries out in a
plaintive voice, "Nok'tar be'got, hosh'ar te'not?" He is
asking if anyone will have the courage to battle Molor.
up his bat'leth sword, Worf prepares to engage the performer playing
Molor in mock conflict.
challenger may fight well, but in the end all who try to defeat
Molor are defeated
will always be someone in the gathering to accept the challenge by
singing out "Ki'rock Molor, Ki'rok!". this call mainly comes
from a young warrior who will leap into the square, take up the
bat'leth from the fallen performer, shouting, "Ni'tokor bak'to!"
as he faces Molor. One after another takes up the challenge, but
Molor still remains undefeated.
mock combat between the performers playing Kahless and Molor is
staged using the Klingon martial art know as Mok'bara.
several battles Molor still stands, from the crowd the is movement and
a cheer goes up as the crowd parts to allow the first performer to
return. He has changed his costume and wears a distinctive
headdress that indicates he is now portraying Kahless. "Nok'til
Kahless, Molor gik'tal!" he sings out defiantly, his voice carrying
across the square. The two Klingons move towards each
other as the crowd roars out their approval. Kahless sings out
that he would rather die than live under Molor's rule. While the two
fight and sing the crowd is hushed as they watch with rapt attention
as the battle unfolds. They (the crowd) imagine that this is how
it must have been centuries ago when the real Kahless fought for and
won freedom for all Klingons. Finally in climactic moment
Kahless defeats Molor with a killing blow, the crowd screams in
admiration. Indeed, this has been a good day.
the ceremonial headdress of Kahless, the performer returns to the
battle and ultimately defeats the evil warlord Molor.