Lt. Uhura-Brown wrote:
Obviously it's perfectly logical for a race that values logic above all else to have big pompous rituals and fights to the death.
It is, if you're talking about a species that is very traditional.
The big ceremony and ancient rituals is (imho
) the Vulcans way of controling pon farr to the limited ability that they can.
They can't stop it, so they channeled it.
If historically a Vulcan male wasn't linked to a female, then the Vulcan society would face repeated situations like what happen with Vorik. ST: Enterprise ('Mirror) said that Vulcan females go through their version as well. It's a biological and psychological part of who they are.
So the koon-ut (and the kal-i-fee) is in fact perfectly logical.