Binti

by

Nnedi Okorafor

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Moojh-ha ki-bira Term Analysis

Moojh-ha ki-bira is the Meduse method of killing many people at once; they infiltrate a ship and with their poisonous stingers, kill everyone in an instant. It’s a Khoush term that means “great wave,” as the Meduse move like water when they fight.

Moojh-ha ki-bira Quotes in Binti

The Binti quotes below are all either spoken by Moojh-ha ki-bira or refer to Moojh-ha ki-bira. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Tom Doherty edition of Binti published in 2015.
Binti Quotes

In my culture, it is blasphemy to pray to inanimate objects, but I did it anyway. I prayed to a metal even my father had been unable to identify. I held it to my chest, shut my eyes, and I prayed to it, I am in your protection. Please protect me.

Related Characters: Binti (speaker), Heru, Okwu, Binti’s Father
Page Number: 24
Explanation and Analysis:

We’d all been taught this Meduse form of killing in history class. The Khoush built the lessons into history, literature, and culture classes across several regions. Even my people were required to learn about it, despite the fact that it wasn’t our fight. The Khoush expected everyone to remember their greatest enemy and injustice. They even worked Meduse anatomy and rudimentary technology into mathematics and science classes.

Related Characters: Binti (speaker)
Page Number: 25-26
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Moojh-ha ki-bira Term Timeline in Binti

The timeline below shows where the term Moojh-ha ki-bira appears in Binti. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Science, Humanity, and the Ethics of Research Theme Icon
Fear and Prejudice vs. Curiosity Theme Icon
...it to protect her again. Everyone else is dead. The Meduse’s method is known as moojh-ha ki-bira , a term that Binti knows even though it’s a Khoush term. Binti and her... (full context)