Verse:Unbegotten/Glossary

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  • AETHER: Augmented Error-Tolerant Human-Emulating Reality, Edna's imagined utopia

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  • dight: A Romantic-period English-language art song (with piano or chamber accompaniment)

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  • kaléer (pl. kaléera): a Shalaian-language art song, usually microtonal

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  • shrine: an AETHER locale created to worship a specific person in kink contexts. A shrine can look like anything; it may be a church-like building.

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  • tanóo'tłamid (Shalaian for 'immersion' or 'submersion'): attachment or passion that one experiences for one's personal deity, often with the implication of a feeling of fusing into one with the god. Similar to the Kabbalistic concept of devekut.

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  • useerí'na (pl. useerí'ni, literally 'beautification [of a prayer]'): A Shalaian liturgical poem. Melodies for useerí'ni are set to either a solo voice with accompaniment or a choir/a cappella; they are in some ways similar to Ashkenazi Jewish liturgical melodies but employ more exotic tunings (like JI and 31-tone equal temperament) and rhythms (such as Scotch snaps). Kaléera, or art songs, set to those liturgical poems also exist.

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