Pon Farr Research

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  1. leifer

    leifer Ensign Newbie

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    ** Please note that I have started this forum to collect information on Pon Farr and that any and all subsequent posts may be used in my research paper. By posting in this forum, you are consenting to the usage of the information that you provide. **

    I am a university student who is conducting research for my Anthropology of Ritual course. I have decided to write my research paper about the Vulcan mating ritual of Pon Farr.

    I would appreciate any and all relevant information that you would be able to provide in regards to this topic in response to this forum. If you possess knowledge of Pon Farr, please share it with me regarding the process, meanings, times and spaces where this takes place, etc.

    Thank you for your assistance. :vulcan:
     
  2. Green Shirt

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    Mutai Sho-Rin Crusty Old Bastard Moderator

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    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.
     
  4. Doug Otte

    Doug Otte Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I tried Pon Farr once, but I only lasted about 10 days.

    Doug
     
  5. Green Shirt

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    So you ignored the advice on the TV commercial and didn't call your physician for a Pon Farr lasting more than four hours.
     
  6. Ronald Held

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    Why would you pick that topic and how did it get approved??
     
  7. bbailey861

    bbailey861 Admiral Premium Member

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    No acronyms here. I just laughed my ass off!!!
     
  8. Silvercrest

    Silvercrest Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Well, the Vulcans are very closed-mouthed on the subject. Not much information is available. :vulcan:

    The only way to get anywhere is to conduct research in the field. :devil:
     
  9. Mysterion

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    I hope you are paying for you own education and not on a taxpayer-funder scholarshio of some sort.
     
  10. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Do your paper on Jamie Farr instead.
     
  11. Stella's_Funboy

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    The only reson the doctor wants you to call him if you have a 'Pon Farr' lasting more than four hours is so that you can tell him how to do it.
     
  12. Uxi

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    LOL!

    This thread could have SOME merit other than humor, of course. The Vulcan 7 year itch. :D

    The idea that Saavik bore Spock's child is an interesting tidbit. One thing I'm glad to read that Voyager touched on, though still haven't seen the episode.
     
  13. Green Shirt

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    Any suggestions??
     
  14. JustKate

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    Pon farr threads, in my experience, usually come down to an argument between those who like to fixate on the "They only have sex every seven years!" aspect and those who maintain that, no, the only thing that's specified is that Vulcans are driven to mate every seven years, but that doesn't mean they couldn't mate as often as they want between pon farr episodes (if that's the right word). Plus jokes, of course. This counts as research?
     
  15. Uxi

    Uxi Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Discussion over the canon elements as well as references in earlier script drafts?
     
  16. Timewalker

    Timewalker Cat-lovin', Star Trekkin' Time Lady Premium Member

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    I think the OP should do his own homework - at least watch the relevant episodes.

    If it wasn't so silly, I'd suspect this of being a bot.
     
  17. Captain Robert April

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    The Vulcan race would find survival somewhat problematic if they could only mate during the pon farr mating drive, so yes, they can mate any damn time they want to.

    The other component is the telepathic link with the mate, which is what initiates the cycle in the first place. Without that link, the mating cycle either never initiates, or is broken, as it was when the shock of apparently killing Kirk broke Spock's link with T'Pring (and a thousand slash fic stories were born...).
     
  18. Bones_McCoy21

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    This is pretaining to spock, If pon farr only pretains to Vulcans then how could his mom concieve. I mean the couldn't have him since technicallly their anatomy is different.
     
  19. leifer

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    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.
     
  20. Harvey

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    In that case, watching the episode in question ("Amok Time") is your best bet. Memory Alpha provides a good list of other episodes you should consult as well: http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Pon_farr
     
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