A Chelouranyan Glossary

A glossary of Herthelan terms, divided into two main sections:

I. Raihiralan (pure Herthelan) words

II. Chelouranyan words

Section I

Raihiralan Words

Words in, or derived from, the Noble Speech of Sai Herthe.

AMITY: Since this is (perhaps somewhat deceptively) also a Tellurian word it could have gone into the Chelouranyan Glossary: however, we place it here because a) it is a fundamental Herthelan concept, and b) its intensive form, mayamity, is clearly Raihiralan-derived. Amity is the bond of love that unites Herthelan societies and groups. It is the affective counterpart of thamë. The Janyati Sai Thamë and Sai Sushuri (the ruler of amity) are said to be sisters, and the two Herthelan sexes are ruled by Sai Thamë (melini) and Sai Sushuri (chelani) respectively. Thus the Amity/Thamë principle is fundamental to all Herthelan life and culture.

ANNYA: The Janya of Fire. Also fire called by personal name in the East (some traditional Estrennes refer to the hearth-fire as “Sai Annya” as if she were a person).

ARKADYA (often “Tellurianized” to Arcadia): Eastern province of Sai Herthe corresponding (primarily) to the Victorian and Edwardian Eras. The tutelary Janya of Arkadya is Sai Rhavë (pron. Rah-vay and corresponding to the Tellurian planet Saturn, Herthelan planet Rhavë). Its Queen is the mature chelanic Viktorya (not to be confused with the young melinic Queen Viktorya of Novaria).

ATHAMË: The reverse of thamë: disorder, chaos the breaking of the Golden Harmony. An act which disrupts the Golden Order in any way is athamë. A person who is in disobedience to her lawful superiors is athamë. Athamë always contains an element of “ritual impurity”. Causing disruption in a holy place is a form of athamë that most Tellurians will readily understand. It should be realized that much the same feeling attaches in Herthelan life to disruptions of order and harmony even in “non-religious” contexts.

CAERE: A great city in the East. It was the center of the Caeran Empire, the founding Empire of the current historical era in Sai Herthe. Caere is sometimes used to mean the Caeran Empire.

CHALWË: Word of salute – usually accompanied by a physical salute in military contexts. It performs the function of signifying the acceptance of an order (like the Tellurian naval “aye aye”). It can also be used in place of a salute where one is not physically present. In some Elektraspatial rituals it is used to signify an act such a stepping forward and in non-physical classroom contexts is used as a request for the teacher’s attention, equivalent to raising one’s hand in a physical classroom.

CHARA: Teacher. It is used as a suffix for one’s teacher or for any learned person. It may also be used in order to acknowledge a temporary pupil-relationship (rather as “ma’am” can be used to acknowledge the superiority of another in some particular context). For example, a blonde being instructed on driving by her brunette, or a brunette having some philosophical point explained to her by her blonde might respond to her as (Name)-chara.

CHEI: Honorific suffix, often equivalent to “Miss”.

CHELAN: The child-bearing sex among Herthelan (and other intemorphic peoples). In Sai Herthe, Chelani have fair hair (even among dark-skinned peoples) and so are colloquially called “blondes”. Chelani outwardly resemble Tellurian female humans.

CHEN: Dialectical variant of chei.

CHENYA: Intensive form of chei/chen, meaning something like “most honored”.

CHERI: Affectionate honorific suffix, often used to children.

CULVERINE: The first month of the year (21 Mar – 17 Apr)

DEA: God (naturally seen in Her original Feminine Form). The term God is also used in Chelouranya, with the same meaning.

ENORMATE: Literally, outside the Norm, or proper ordering of things, but not as extreme as athamë. In everyday use it is roughly equivalent to “rude” — though any rudeness is much more “taboo” in Herthelan society than in West Telluria precisely because it is enormate.

ESTRENNE: (Person) of Eastern Sai Herthe, usually including the eastern two-thirds of Arkadya. Estrennes speak different languages and have different cultures from Westrennes. The nation of Novaria and the Archduchy of Jenilow (in South-West Arkadya) are regarded as semi-Estrenne and contain large elements of Estrenne language and culture.

FILYANA/FILYANI: (Blonde/Brunette) Follower of the Trinitarian religion of the Solar Mother and Lunar Daughter (Westrenne: FILIANIST). Filianism is the majority religion in most of Westrenne Sai Herthe and widely adhered to by Chelouranyi. In Telluria, Filianism is considered as a form of Déanism (the worship of Our Mother God). In Sai Herthe all religion is Déanic, so that term does not exist.

HAIELA: 1. n. The first Estate: priestly and scholarly. 2. adj. Holy as in lhi Haiela Cantre (the Holy Chantress), traditional title of Sai Suanti.

LI HAIEL’ RAIHIR: The Holy Empire.

HAYA: Ancient ritual word signifying in-breath and then out-breath and thus – at the highest level, the expiration of the cosmos from the Spirit and its inspiration back into Her at the end of time. Now often used as a sort of cheer, as in “Haya Vikhë!”

HAYANA: The Single Estate of the Golden Age, before the division of the Estates into four. Also used honorifically for the “Fifth Estate” (more strictly known as Stravë) – those who have renounced Estate and left material life to pursue the absolute Spiritual path.

HERTHE: Sometimes spelled Hertha. With either spelling it is a two-syllable word (final “e” is pronounced and sometimes marked with an umlaut). The “th” represents is the “hard” Herthelan “th” sound. The word has the following meanings: 1: The Janya of Hearth and home (not one of the seven Great Janyati). 2: The planet on which the Caeran Empire and its descendants exist. As with the Janya, the word in this usage is usually prefixed with the spiritual-honorific Sai. 3: The eleventh month of the year (Dec 26th to Jan 22nd). Adjective: HERTHELAN.

HIERESKHINDI/HIERESKHINDA: Literally “heart-child” (brunette/blonde). A common term of affection for a child and sometimes an adult loved one.

INFRAQUIRINELLE (abbr. INFRA): Large island to the West of Quirinelle. It is a protectorate of Quirinelle, ruled by Queen Elspeth. In external style it bears some resemblance to the less degenerate elements of the Tellurian 1960s.

JANYA: An Angel or “Goddess” – the embodiment of one of the Divine Aspects. Plural: Janyati.

KADORIA: Western nation of Sai Herthe, with a long coastline on both the Golden Ocean and the Sea of Doves. Kadoria is ruled by the brunette Queen Francesca. In external style its culture and style resemble that of the Tellurian 1940s. Its tutelary Janya is Sai Vikhë (corresponding to Tellurian planet Mars, Herthelan planet Vikhë).

KHINDI/KHINDA: Child (brunette/blonde). Plural khindri.

LI/LHI, LIA/LHIA Li/lhi is the definite article “the” in Raihiralan. Li is the melinic/neuter form and lhi the chelanic form, used to refer to chelanic beings. Lhi is pronounced “hli” with a sharp, somewhat hissing aspirate. Lia/lhia is the possessive form, meaning “of the”.

MA’AM: One of those words whose hermeneutic qualities transcend simple etymology. In Raihiralan it is connected with the primary ma etymon meaning “mother” and with mam meaning breast, so the original sense is mother/nourisher. However, the title is used in the sense of Menamatri below, meaning one who is set above one in the Golden Chain of Thamë. While its Herthelan/Raihiralan usage is not unlike English, it also has the special sense of affirming hierarchical obedience, and so may be used to signify the acceptance of an order or a temporary state of deference even toward someone who is only one’s superior in a particular respect.

MAGDALA: (Pron: my`dla) The third Estate. Literally “makers”. Includes craftmaids and merchants of all types.

MATRI: Mother. Title of a priestess.

MAYAMATRI: Great Mother. A title of Dea.

MAYA MENAMATRI: Great Little-mother. A title of the Empress (or sometimes of the Queen of a nation). The Empress is the greatest of the Little-mothers, or earthly superiors.

MELIN: The non-child-bearing sex among Herthelan (and other intemorphic peoples). In Sai Herthe, Melini have dark hair and so are colloquially termed “brunettes”. Melini outwardly resemble Tellurian female humans.

MENAMATRI: Little-mother. Used of a superior within the Chain of Thamë, who is a surrogate of the Mayamatri, Dea.

MOURA: 13th month and fifth season of the year (21 Feb to 18 Mar – 17 Mar on leap years). This is a spiritual and penitential period, especially for Filyani. Also known as Kala.

NEVCAERAN EMPIRE: The current ruling Empire in Sai Herthe, whose capital Ladyton is in the heart of the West. The Westrenne Empire is variously called Nevcaere, Abolraihir (by Estrennes) or more usually (in the West and in Estrenne nations loyal to the Western Empress) simply the Empire, the Celestial Empire, or li Raihir.

NOVARIA, NOVARYA: Southern nation of West Sai Herthe, with coastline on the Sea of Doves. Novaria’s climate varies from Continental in the north to Sub-Tropical in the south, with its southernmost extension just reaching the tropics. Novaria is, in some respects, the most traditional of the Western Provinces, having been settled by Estrenne peoples. Novaria is ruled by the young brunette Queen Viktorya. Its tutelary Janya is Sai Mati (corresponding to Tellurian planet Mercury, Herthelan planet Vathë).

PACCIA: (Pron. pak-sia) The fourth Estate. Literally “bonded ones”. In traditional societies (less often in the West), a paxit is bonded to her mistress by a traditional and formal bond which entails profound obligations on both sides. The paxit is bound to complete obedience, the mistress is bound to care for her paxit physically and spiritually in sickness and in health.

PAXIT: (Pron. paxt) A bonded maid of the Paccia Estate.

QUIRINELLE: North-Westernmost nation of Sai Herthe with coastline on the Golden Ocean. In some externals the style of Quirinelle resembles that of the Tellurian 1950s. Quirinelle is ruled by the blonde Queen Elspeth; the tutelary Janya of the province is Sai Sushuri (corresponding to Tellurian planet and deity Venus, Herthelan planet Sucri).

QUIRRIE: Short for Quirinelle, but only in its adjectival sense. One talks of Quirrie music or Quirrie respectability, but to say “I live in Quirrie” would be unidiomatic.

RAIHIR: Empire.

RAIHIRA: The Second, or Noble, Estate.

RAIHIRALAN: 1: Noble, knightly, ladylike, high-born. In the West, where the Estate System is weakened, it often refers to people of Raihira, Haiela, and High Magdala birth seen as a broad “upper class”. 2: Various closely-related nether-Estrenne dialects, known as “The Noble (Raihiralan) Speech” – also the older language that preceded them.

RAIHIRANYA: Empress. The word is made up of raihir + ranya and thus means “mistress of the Empire”. However, bearing in mind the full meaning of ranya, the implication is something like: “She who guides the Empire in the Way of Thamë”.

RANI: “Little Ranya” – often a governess or schoolmistress.

RANYA: A teacher, usually a Spiritual Mistress or Mistress of a Spiritual Art (traditionally all arts have a Spiritual basis). Somewhat akin in implication to guru.

RANYAM: Realm, Queendom.

RAYA: 1: Lady (in the “lord” sense – there is no specific word for this in English). 2: The Sun, and the Janya of the Sun. Always prefixed with the honorific Sai.

RAYALINI/RAYALINA: “Ladylike/noble one” (brunette/blonde). There is no real equivalent in English. It means a person of noble standing, though not normally titled (in which case it would be raya). Pl. rayalini. “Mel rayalini” (“my ladylike/noble ones” is a standard address to an assembly of educated people.

RAYATI: The standard greeting for both meeting and departure, normally accompanied by a reverence or a small bow. Rayati is actually the salutation-form of Raya and means literally “Hail to the Sun” – the implication being “Hail to the Sun (or Divine Spirit) in your Heart”.

RAYATI RAIHIRANYA: Formal and military greeting, meaning “Hail (as an incarnation of the Sun) the Empress”. Used regularly by military and some diplomatic personnel and by others on formal occasions ranging from State visits to school assemblies.

SARA: Sister.

SARACHENYA: Honored sister. Respectful form of address to an elder sister, by blood or bond.

SARACHENYACHERI: Dear honored sister, a term of affectionate respect to an elder sister, usually by bond (and usually a personally-bonded rather than a group Elder Sister). Somewhat colloquial, but generally accepted as a legitimate term where the circumstances allow it.

SARACHERI: Dear sister, an affectionate form of address to a younger sister, by blood or bond. It could be used to an elder blood-sister in circumstances where her seniority was not “active”.

STRAVË: (Member of) the “fifth Estate” – actually renunciates who have taken up a wholly spiritual life and passed beyond Estate. Cf. HAYANA.

STRIVATË: The thread-Spirit: Dea Who joins all things “as pearls upon a string”. Comparable with Sanskrit sutratma.

SUCRISHI: (One) following the way of Love. When applied to individuals, Sucrishi is the brunette/plural and Sucrisha the blonde form. Adjectivally it is usually still Sucrishi but can be Sucrishilan.

THAMË: As a common noun (spelled with a small t, as opposed to the name of the Janya), thamë is represents a concept untranslatable in modern English. It can be translated as “order” or “harmony”, but it fully implies “the Sacred Order of the Universe with Dea at the head and all things in their proper place” or “the perfect Order of Being through which all things are united in a music-like harmony and all beings are saved”.

The concept of thamë is central to Herthelan culture. The order and formality of Herthelan life attempt to attune maid’s existence to the music of the spheres. The hierarchical and monarchical structure of Herthelan societies both reflects and continues the Order of the Heavens. The striving for grace and beauty in every area of life is founded on thamë. To the Herthelani, bad manners, and even doing things in an incorrect or uncustomary way are considered equivalent to what Tellurians would regard as venial sin, since disruption of the Grace and Harmony of life is disruption of the Divine Order. Herthelan culture is based on tradition, form and the belief that there is a right and proper way to do all things.

TRENT: Trent is the largest and central of the five Western Nations. It has a small coastline on the Sea of Doves and its climate ranges from decidedly cold Temperate in the north to Sub-Tropical in the south. With an external style similar to that of the Tellurian 1930s, Trent is looked upon as a center of fashion and sophistication, especially by the more “home-like” Quirinelle. Queen Eleanor is the ruler of Trent, and Thamë (pron. Tah-may and corresponding to the Tellurian planet Jupiter, Herthelan planet Thamë) is the tutelary Janya of the province.

SAI VATHE: (pron: vaat-hay) Another name for Sai Mati, usually implying her higher or celestial aspect, as the Divine Intelligence.

VAT’HE: Insane – but originally in the sense of “Divinely inspired”.

VAYA, SAI: Janya of Air or Wind. Sometimes a name for the Breath-Spirit.

VAYABONDI: Itinerant tribes who wander according to certain celestial indications read by tribal elders. Their wanderings lead them all over Sai Herthe. The name means “those bound to the Wind(-Spirit)”.

VIKHELI: 1. A member of any of the Armed Services. A warrior-maid. 2. A Vikhelic practice, as in: “Two-sword fencing was my main vikheli in High School”.

VIKHELIC: Having the quality of Sai Vikhë, therefore on many occasions equivalent to Tellurian “martial” (as in “vikhelic arts”). It can, however, have a much broader implication – for example, the unbalanced Vikhelic tendency (of discord and opposition) lies at the basis of a patriarchal civilization.

VIKHAIL: Holy war, whether spiritual (the war against the false self or the forces of darkness) or material (war against an enemy of the Haiel’ Raihir [Holy Empire]). The inner and outer Vikhaili are not truly separate.

VIRVA: Estate (in the sense of one of the Four Estates of the Herthelan social order). Pl. virvi, as in “li kadri virvi” – “the four Estates”.

VINTESSE: Northern nation of Westrenne Sai Herthe and the only one that is wholly landlocked. In external style it resembles that of the Tellurian 1920s. Vintesse is noted for its jinky music and its Pippsies. Vintesse is ruled by the moon and protected by the Janya Candré.

VYASUCRI: The Way of Love. The love-approach to Dea. Cf. Skt bhakti marga.

VYATHAMË: The Way of (ritual) Works. Cf. Skt. karma marga. As compared to Vyasucri and Vyavathë, the Way of Light and the Way of Love respectively.

VYAVATHË: The Way of Light (or Intelligence). The Intellectual or Contemplative approach to Dea. Cf. Skt jnana marga.

WESTRENNE: (Person) of Western Sai Herthe, usually considered as the five Western Nations plus Western Arkadya. The nation of Novaria and the Archduchy of Jenilow are sometimes considered, however, to be more Estrenne than Westrenne.


Section II:

Non-Raihiralan Terms

These are words used by Herthelani in Telluria that are either not used in Sai Herthe or are used in Telluria as well but with a different meaning or implication.

AGORA: The world outside the home: as opposed to the hestia.

ALL SERENE: Used in both military and civilian contexts to mean “all is in order”. On the surface it means “there is no trouble”, but at a deeper level it means all is in thamë – that is, all is in harmony with the serene, unmoving Center.

AMBI: One who has personae in both sexes, chelan and melin. An ambi will almost always have one primary and governing sex. As opposed to a plenary blonde or brunette.

ART NEO: Broadly this term may be translated as Art Deco, but only those parts of Art Deco that are theatrical, feminine, and sound. The bleak-and-barren blockish styles that are sometimes included in Art Deco are not Art Neo. Art Neo is considered primarily the art of Novaria which has spread to other nations. The philosophical reasons for this and for the use of the term are too complex to enter into here.

ATOMIZATION: The divide-and-rule tendency of the Pit, which seeks to isolate each individual by the clever use of the doctrine of “personal independence”.

CHELOURANYA: A Protectorate in Telluria founded by the Nevcaeran Empire of Sai Herthe.

DEFORMISM: The moral and aesthetic inversion of the Pit.

DERACINATION: The process of cutting off an individual and a society from all natural roots; of creating a rootless, atomized type of humanity which, by its divorce from, and induced forgetfulness of, all normal standards and values, lacks dignity and self-respect

EARTH: In Herthelan usage, Earth has all its usual Tellurian meanings, but can also mean: 1. One of the four material Elements, which together with the Aethyr compose the primary substances of material existence. 2. The “earthly plane”, meaning that of material existence. This does not necessarily – or even usually – refer to the planet Earth. It can as easily refer to any other world (such as Sai Herthe). Even interplanetary space can be referred to in this sense as “earth” – meaning “the world of things palpable”.

THE ECLIPSE: The cultural and spiritual collapse of the early 1960s. According to Herthelan Telluria-criticism, Tellurian civilization proper ended at this time and the Void (or the Pit) took its place. The process, obviously, was not instantaneous, and some elements of civilized life remained throughout the First Decade of Darkness and even into the Second, among the population at large, as opposed to the mass media. Some hold that a second Eclipse took place at about the turn of the Second and Third Decades, after which deformism and moral inversion were complete and spread rapidly to every level of the populace, leaving very little intact.

ELEKTRASPACE: Herthelan term for either “the Internet” or “the Herthelan portion of the Internet”. The term is used in both senses. “Internet” is not a term generally used by Herthelani.


EXILE HERTHELANI: Herthelani in Telluria who come from the Motherland (despite having been born in Telluria), who feel out of place and alien in Telluria and often have “memories” of the Motherland. Exile Herthelani do not consider themselves to be schizomorphic women in spirit even though they are physically such in body. They are chelani or melini not merely by adoption but in essence.

FAMILIA: A term used for the Herthelan Empire (or a Herthelan nation) viewed as a large family with Dea as the ultimate Mother and the Empress (or Queen) as the representative of our Mother on earth. According to this view, all persons in authority are in the position of “elder sisters” or family elders in relation to those under their care, and the aim of felonial law is to return offenders to the heart of the Familia.

HESTIA: The home, regarded in its sacred aspect as the “Temple of Sai Herthe”. Often as opposed to the agora.

INTEMORPH: Herthelani are an intemorphic people, meaning that they have two feminine sexes (chelan and melin) which are complementary rather than opposite. The term “intemorph” is contrasted with “schizomorph”.

MAID: The Herthelan term for “people in general” (as opposed to the Tellurian “man”). Maid also has a philosophical importance to the Herthelani, meaning “she who has the power of choice”. To the Herthelani, the defining characteristic of maid is not her power of speech or of reason (which are shared by other beings), but the power of choosing her spiritual direction.

OUTLANDER: Non-Herthelan.

THE PIT: The world of the late 20th century following and to some extent including the 1960s. The “current world” of West Tellurian post-civilization outside Chelouranya: the psychotic de-feminized pseudo-reality created by the Eclipse.

PLEENIE: Hybrid word made up of “Plenary Teenie”. One who is teenaged in all personae.

PLENARY HERTHELAN: Literally one who is Herthelan in all personae (i.e. not having a non-Herthelan Tellurian self, even though she may not advertise her nationality in all company). More generally one who is completely or primarily Herthelan and whose sole allegiance is to the Motherland. As opposed to a Law of Manifestation Herthelan.

PLENARY BLONDE/BRUNETTE: One who is blonde or brunette in all personae, as opposed to an Ambi who has personae in both sexes.

PHYSICALIA: Physical life as opposed to Virtual Reality. (Often used where an Outlander might use the deprecated and philosophically questionable term “Real Life”).

RACINATION, RACINATED: Racination is the reverse of deracination. It is the process (or rather processes) by which we can undo the damage that the Pit has done to us, regain our stolen innocence, and revive our trampled joy and wonder.

REAL: Authentic, not mutated by the Pit. It may be used, for example, of vintage cars or classic architecture. One might also say of people in up-to-date films: “They look so real”.

REVERENCE: A bow made on various occasions: when greeting (accompanying the salutation “Rayati”); thanking; apologizing; acknowledging a compliment; and on numerous other occasions.

SCHIZOMORPH: Tellurians are a schizomorphic people having two sexes, only one of which is feminine. The nature of the other is termed masculine and is one possible deviation (along the Vikhelic line) from the original femininity of maid. The two schizomorphic sexes are termed opposite rather than complementary as is the case with intemorphic peoples like Herthelani.

SOUND: Decent, healthy, in keeping with the essential rightness of things.

TEENIE: Teenage persona (informal but not slang).

TELLURIA: The Earth: the world where men exist. Telluria is not the same as the Pit, as there is also real-world Telluria.

“TH” SOUND: The “hard” Herthelan “th” sound occurs in words such as “Thamë” (also the common noun thamë – “harmony”) and “Herthe”. In earlier Westrenne scripts it is represented by a separate letter. It is pronounced midway between the standard “t” sound and the unvoiced “th” in “thin”.

UP-TO-DATE: This term usually means “manifesting the Art-Neo sensibility” – while Arcadian styles are considered old-fashioned, post-Eclipse ones are considered degenerate and often referred to as “out of date”. Expressions like “up-to-date music” often refer specifically to pre-Eclipse Tellurian music.

VIRTUALIA: Currently usually refers to the Second Life grid, but essentially means any form of Virtual Reality in which Chelouranya is deployed. Sometimes as opposed to Physicalia.

For a list of less formal words used by some Chelouranyi, please see Chelouranyan Slang at Notes from Chelouranya