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In the background information is said:
"The idea of Klingons keeping vigil over the bodies of the dead seems at odds with prior portrayals, wherein a corpse was considered a worthless shell immediately upon death (TNG: "Heart of Glory")."
It may seem odd but I don't see a conflict between both behaviors.
According to the tradition of ak'voh, whenever a warrior dies in battle, others stay with the body to keep away predators, allowing the spirit to leave the body and go to Sto'Vo'Kor. (DS9: "The Ship") [see article sto-vo-kor]
So it seems there may be different behaviors for each cause. On the one hand for a klingon warrior and on the other for a warrior, who was a friend.
I just stumbled upon that watching (DS9: "The Ship"). Because I'm new to memory-alpha, I didn't want to change the article but I'd like heare some thoughts about that.
- You may want to discuss this at Talk:The Ship (episode) since it involves that article, but from what I see here it seems that the statement could be removed as a nitpick.
- I or someone else may move this to that page, in case you look for it later.--31dot 01:24, February 24, 2010 (UTC)