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With DS9 came an inherent love for the Bajoran people and their beliefs and determination so I thought it would be appropriate to do a spotlight to learn a little more about them.

 

Here is what ST.COM has on the race.

 

Planet: Bajor

Humanoid race, distinguished outwardly only by extra wrinkles at the bridge of the nose, have wandered the galaxy and settled on various worlds ever since their homeland was occupied by Cardassians 40 years previously (circa 2328).

 

By custom, their familial name is used before the individual name. The ancient Bajorans had a tremendously rich and developed civilization complete with architecture, art, philosophy and even some technology before human beings on Earth became bipedal. Many Bajorans have joined Starfleet despite their home planet of Bajor still being in recovery from the Cardassian occupation, while others prefer to work with the Federation from within the Bajoran system. Among their complex death rituals, Bajorans hold that a deceased soul should make peace with its former life and bid goodbye to those left behind before proceeding on tothe afterlife. Their heart's internal arrangement is mirrored along a horizontal, not vertical axis; puncturing the lower ventricle of the heart brings immediate death, as discussed on stardate 46982.1.

 

The depth and complexity of Bajoran spiritual beliefs has been at the core of their ability to survive 40 years of suffering at the hands of the Cardassians. To the Bajorans, the land and the people who live on it are one and the same. Bajorans are led by both a spiritual leader (Kai) and by a provisional government.

 

Since the discovery of the wormhole near the Bajoran homeworld on stardate 46379.1, the Bajorans have enjoyed an increase in political power in their sector, but only after decades of victimization during the Cardassian occupation of their planet. Some Bajorans have a unique and personal insignia designed for themselves. Major Kira knew the famed Linalis' on sight. School years are organized by age "levels," and perhaps even in the refugee camps they offered art to youngsters as young as age 4 — when Major Kira felt she was the worst fingerpainter. Bajor's tradition of art and architecture was strewn around countless planets before the occupation. Its science and space programs were back on track soon after the occupation: at least one probe was sent to scan planets and life signs in the Gamma Quadrant. Relations between Bajorans and their former oppressors can still be testy, as Professor Lang notes.

 

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I also like their custom of wearing a single earring to denote their spirituality and family ties. While it is proper to wear the earring on the right ear, Ro Laren chooses to wear hers on the left ear, symbolizing her rebellion toward the religion.

 

Their solar-sail vessels, which Sisko and Jake recreated, were also interesting.

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I also like their custom of wearing a single earring to denote their spirituality and  family ties.  While it is proper to wear the earring on the right ear, Ro Laren chooses to wear hers on the left ear, symbolizing her rebellion toward the religion.

 

Their solar-sail vessels, which Sisko and Jake recreated, were also interesting.

I agree that the earing were a nice touch to have a way to denote thier rich spiritual beliefs.

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what i find the most facinating about the bajorans is the fact that they were so advanced both technically and socially and look wat happened.. the cardassian occupation doesnt seem fair does it?

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Life is hardly ever unfortunately. I think the Bajoran's spiritualistic society made them appear weak to the cardassians, hence why they occupied Bajor Edited by Cramase

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Did they ever explain just how the occupation came about? At one time the Bajorans had more advanced technology than the Cardassians of "modern" times so how were they taken over? That would be like Native Americans taking over Europe.

 

Personally I didn't like the Bajorans. Too religious and it seems the women had perpetual PMS. The only one I liked was Ro.

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