The Bajoran language family is a group of both extinct and existing languages and dialects used on Bajor.

Written language


The Bajoran written language consists of square symbols which are composed of thick lines. There are a large number of different symbols which can be used in any of eight rotations (flipped and rotated each and every way). Bajoran tends to be written in horizontal lines, although it can be written vertically. (DS9: "Shadows and Symbols")

Bajoran writng is said to be ideographic, that is, each character represents a single thought or word pictured. Most forms of written Bajoran share some root ideograms, as evidenced by the Reckoning Tablet. Each ancient Bajoran symbol translated into a pair of nearly identical modern Bajoran symbols. (DS9: "The Reckoning")

Keiko O'Brien's schoolroom featured a chart depicting the English alphabet and three other alien languages. The chart listed some twenty-five Bajoran language symbols. (DS9: "The Nagus", "Cardassians")

Established words and phrases

Religious terms



  • Raka-ja ut shala morala... ema bo roo kana... uranak... ralanon (NAME)... propeh va nara ehsuk shala-kan vunek ...
(do not let him walk alone... guide him on his journey... protect... the one named (NAME)... take him into the gates of heaven... )
Duranja lamp prayer for the recently deceased (the translation comes from the script). (DS9: "Shakaar")
  • Ahn-kay ya, ay-ya vasu. Coh-ma-ra, di-nay-ya..
Bajoran death chant, repeated over and over again for approximately three hours. (DS9: "Battle Lines")
  • Tesra Peldor impatri bren. Bentel vetan ullon sten..
Presiders address at the Gratitude Festival. (DS9: "Fascination")
  • Jia'kaja, tre'nu'tol'a rem... La'por i'lanu kos... I'nar tan'a'tali nor....
Prayer to the prophets asking for protection or favor. (DS9: "Starship Down")
  • Zhia'kaluh tar'eh anu suur... te'von, aka'lu rez... ka'vor,mat'ana kel..
Marriage blessing by the Emissary. (DS9: "Accession")
  • Boray pree hadokee. Tolata impara boresh. Preeya (GROOM'S NAME), Preeya (BRIDE'S NAME), abrem varo atel..
Traditional marriage blessing used in conjuction with a simple ceremony. (DS9: "Call to Arms")
  • lata impara no takash... with humility and gratitude, we accept this gift... Veshanoo yavar ha iktasho... the sacred Orb of Prophecy.
Orb blessing prayer. (DS9: "Resurrection")
  • (Prayer leader) Tera dak ihsehelm ran embah... (ALL) de-ram ta-MEEN!
Chanted by Kai Winn and fellow Bajorans in the hours before the Reckoning. (DS9: "The Reckoning")
  • Meeh rak Dorah Pah-wran... Ee-toi... Velah-slah... Pah-wran amar... Pah-wran Evak-too...
Ancient Bajoran chanted by a Pah-wraith Cult Bajoran Assassin to Benjamin Sisko, before attempting to kill him. (DS9: "Image in the Sand")
  • Tarna pur-ono ull-kess pah-ran. lano ka'la bo'shar lanu.
  • Meek rak dorrah Pah-wran... Yelim cha ono kosst amojan... shay ta-hel ter-rah no'vala de-ram... aka'lu far che...
Chants from the Book of the Kosst Amojan (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")
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