What does the -len or Len- indicate?

B5JMS Poster b5jms-owner at shekel.mcl.cs.columbia.edu
Fri May 3 06:16:33 EDT 1996

Subject: What does the -len or Len- indicate?
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+  1: May  2, 1996: mkusch at ON-Luebeck.DE (Manuela Kusch)
*  2: May  2, 1996: jmsatb5 at aol.com (Jms at B5)


From: mkusch at ON-Luebeck.DE (Manuela Kusch)
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After reading the discussion topic in this weeks' "Zocalo" I asked
myself this question:

We know of at least four people with the "len" prefix or suffix. 
Lennier and Lennan are both male
Delenn is female
and Valen is referred as male.

Does this mean the "len" indicates the sex in today Minbari who belong
to the religious caste ("Len-" =male, and "-len"=female) or is it just
something like use of the name Mohammed (Islam) or Maria (Christian,
even with males in Bavaria) as a middle name?

Just curious,

Leaving behind the pathe of darkness and following the path of light, let 
the wise man leave his home life and go into a life of freedom.                      (Buddha)
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Manuela Kusch, Luebeck (Germany) <mkusch at on-luebeck.de>
Redakteurin/Editor TA KRENN Magazine


From: jmsatb5 at aol.com (Jms at B5)
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Basically, I went through and came up with common suffixes and prefixes
for Minbari names, the way Russian names have combinations of certain
letters (-ovna, -ova, -vich), and associated various backgrounds and
castes and houses (fanes) to them.  So you have Delenn, Rathenn, and
others of similar name.  


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