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Old October 6 2013, 11:24 AM   #11
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Re: Your P'ah is strong!

JirinPanthosa wrote: View Post
Do Bajoran religious officials go by anything when they say somebody's p'ah is strong or are they just saying what they know will encourage the person's faith?
I'm quite sure it's the latter. In one episode ("In The Hands of the Prophets") Vedek Bareil even calls the whole pagh detection with fingers an "archaic ritual" and that one of his life's purposes was to break with it. So I really doubt that it was anything more than a mere superstitious practice and I'm pretty sure that there was no real in-universe science behind pagh detection – even with their gods, the prophets, being real alien entities. That's what I took from it, however.
Bashir: »Out of all the stories you told me, which ones were true and which ones weren't?«
Garak: »My dear doctor, they're all true.«
Bashir: »Even the lies?«
Garak: »Especially the lies.«
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