A form of controlled hysterical strength that can be invoked by practitioners of Handdara. While it typically lasts for an hour at most, disciplined individuals can maintain dothe for hours or even a full day. After dothe strength is used, the body requires a rest period called thangen.
Dothe Term Timeline in The Left Hand of Darkness
The timeline below shows where the term Dothe appears in The Left Hand of Darkness. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...and music. One night, Ai watches two very old men dance for five hours, displaying dothe, or carefully controlled “hysterical strength,” a Handdara phenomenon Ai has heard of but never seen. (full context)
...the street, is found, and transported to a hospital some time later. Estraven had used dothe strength to row himself away from Tibe’s men, but had not sufficiently rested during the... (full context)