Mutai Sho-Rin wrote:
leifer, I am very skeptical of your intentions here. I have a hard time imagining a university that would accept a subject about a fictional civilization. Please give some backup for this research project or I'll have to close the thread.
Surprisingly, there are several universities that employ the philosophy and vision of Star Trek
in the courses they offer. Georgetown U. is one of them.
Back in the 1980s, I was taking a sociology course. When it came time to write my term paper, I was stumped for a topic. When I told my prof I was having trouble, he asked if I was going to the science fiction convention in Calgary that coming weekend (this was the annual convention held every Thanksgiving weekend in October). I said yes, and he said, "Well, why don't you write about that? The Guest of Honor is my cousin."
Well, I was flabbergasted. And ecstatic. I could write about science fiction fandom in my sleep
! Oh, and my prof's cousin?
Orson Scott Card.
As far as I know, Pon Farr was covered in one or two episodes of each series except TNG & TAS. I don't remember the names of the episodes other than TOS: Amok Time and ENT: Blood Fever. You might try reviewing those for further information. Oh, don't forget the absurd third movie I'd rather forget was made: ST: The Search for Spock.
My assignment is to write about a ritual, analyzing it as such and illustrating how it meets the definition of a ritual as discussed in our course material. However, my professor does not want us to use Wikipedia or random websites, but he did recommend that I try posting in a Star Trek forum for information from people who are well educated and possess a lot of knowledge about Star Trek. I can assure you, that as this semester is coming to a close, I am not joking or ill-intentioned in my post. I am merely trying to gain information that my professor will deem credible in writing my paper.
Also, I have watched the episodes and 'done my own homework' but as I need more sources and it is an anthropology course, fieldwork and interviews are necessary, which is why I'm here. Apparently I am taking you more seriously than you are.
@leifer: There is another possible source of information. It isn't canon, but it is very well thought-out. See if you can fine The Best of Trek books in a library or online. I don't recall which one had the essay I'm thinking of, but somebody wrote one in which she extrapolated some of what would have happened at the marriage ceremony if T'Pring had not challenged.
Remember what T'Pau warned Kirk? That he might be disturbed at what he was about to see, but it was Vulcan custom? Well, at that point, T'Pring hadn't yet made the challenge. So what was T'Pau referring to?
The author of the essay reminds us of what T'Pring was wearing... a rather unusually-cut dress. Spock was in a hurry to get on with things. He was embarrassed about the whole situation. For these and other reasons which I can't recall (it's been many years since I read this essay), the author speculates that the marriage would have been consummated right there, on the spot, in public, in front of everybody
Now that doesn't seem reasonable, given what we know of Vulcans' intense preference for privacy. But to what else could T'Pau have been referring? She didn't know that T'Pring was going to challenge. A normal exchange of vows wouldn't have been something that would have been "disturbing" to off-worlders. So this is one of the mysteries of a normal Vulcan wedding that we are never told.