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StarFleet Intelligence 
Klingon Religion

According to legend, Kortar, the "first" Klingon, and his mate were created in a place called Qui'Tu. The two destroyed the gods who made them and turned the heavens into ashes. This event is recounted in marriage ceremonies. Any Klingon that was dishonoured there fate when they died was to ferry Klingon souls over the River of Blood, to Greth'or's gates (hell), where the demonic being Fek'lehr waited to consume particularly loathsome souls

Klingons who follow the Way of the Warrior, the belief system developed by Kahless the Unforgettable, value honor above all else. Those who die with purpose and honor are said to join Kahless, who had been the first Klingon emperor, and a messianic figure in the Way of the Warrior, in the Black Fleet in Sto-Vo-Kor, a paradise where battle and feasting can eternally be shared and won.

The honoured dead are not mourned, but celebrated. This consists of opening the eyes of a dead warrior and all fellow Klingons present roar to chase way evil spirits called jat'lyn, and to tell the warriors in Sto-Vo-Kor that the warrior is joining them. The body of the dead warrior is viewed mainly as an empty shell to be disposed of; particularly well-respected warriors have their companions accompany the body for interment or disposal, "just" to keep away predators. Warriors who may have a question about whether they will be worthy to enter Sto-Vo-Kor, such as a Klingon mate who is alien (an example is Jadzia Dax), have a quest held in their name by their surviving mate and his or her companions. If they win their stated deed or battle, they win honor for their late warrior and entry to paradise.

Klingon beliefs were recorded in a series of scrolls collectively referred to as the Paq'batlh, or Book of Honor. One prophecy, possibly taken from this book, was of the Kuvah'magh, a religious figure predicted to appear at some future time.

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