Yours truly, Selgowiros Caranticnos/Selgu̯iros Carantos Caitacos, is a heavy enthusiast of physical training. Whether it is weight training or martial arts, training to cause physical adaptation for one’s betterment is something I prize.

The nertobessus/segobessus is not something that merely walks hand in hand with Bessus Leitodubrâkon, rather it lies inside as an integral part of it. The athletic cultus is a part of the culture; we train the *Lîcon (body) for the *Cugis (mind) and (the parts of the) soul.

The better our *segos/segon, the better our life and thus the better our relationship to our gods are.

So, where does this funny word ‘*Senk-‘ enter in?

Many martial arts have customs, greetings and words to signify readiness, respect and a challenge (sometimes all at once). One such word is ‘Osu’ from Japanese Karate. No one knows it’s true origin, but one thing is for sure – it’s a very versatile word. As a testament to it’s utility, it’s even used outside of Karate.

Celtic and Germanic cultures don’t have such words attested. Given that ours is a regional Belgic culture, I pestered my friend Farwater into helping me come up with a utility word for such purposes.

Enter ‘Heng’- (Cymraeg/Welsh)

heng, haing,

eb. a hefyd fel ebd.

Cerydd, sen, bygythiad; hergwd, ysgŵd, hwrdd, gwth:

a chiding, rebuke, censure, taunt, threat; push, thrust. 

Given how sound changes are applied, a back construction of the idea/word was formed as ‘*Senkā’. Of course, the obvious issue is how to transform this word into a utility word in the same vein as ‘Osu’.

All we did here was create the additional meaning of ‘ready, challenge, confirmation’ for the back construction.

However, like ‘Osu’, I’ve seemed to have created a toneless vowel at the end. This makes it sound like ‘*Senk-‘, with the hint of a ‘u’.

This utility word is used after the noibobeton ritual as an ending towards the gods in a tone and manner that denotes their status above us as teachers and guides, as well as our gratitude and readiness towards the challenges They may have lined up for us.

It’s also used as a word to show general readiness for any challenge, and as a taunt.

As the first blog post of Bessus Leitodubrâkon, I say *Senku to the challenges and tasks ahead.

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