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"I should have done this many years, ago, adi'ke. Ni kyr'tayl gai sa'ad—Mereel, Jaing, Kom'rk, A'den, Prudii. There. It's formal, legal. You're my sons and heirs."
Kal Skirata, adopting the Null-class ARC troopers as his sons[src]

Gai bal manda was the name of the adoption ritual in Mandalorian culture. Translated from Mando'a, the expression meant "name and soul" in Galactic Basic Standard. Comprised of a simple statement of intent, a prospective Mandalorian parent needed only to recite the phrase ni kyr'tayl gai sa'ad—"I know your name as my child"—followed by the name of the individual to be adopted.[1] The tradition could be conducted on a singular basis, or toward a group, and even in some cases, posthumously.[2] Adoption via the gai bal manda, and a dedication to the Resol'nare, the six basic tenets of Mandalorian culture, was often considered all it took to make one a Mandalorian.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

The custom of gai bal manda was first mentioned and described in the 2006 Star Wars Insider article, The Mandalorians: People and Culture, written by Karen Traviss. Later that year, the adoption custom truly appeared in Star Wars canon for the first time in Traviss' e-novella, Boba Fett: A Practical Man. The gai bal manda later appeared in Traviss' Republic and Imperial Commando series novels True Colors, Order 66, and Imperial Commando: 501st. It was also mentioned in her installments to the multi-author series, Legacy of the Force, entitled Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines, Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice, and Legacy of the Force: Revelation, as well as Drew Karpyshyn's Star Wars: The Old Republic tie-in novel, The Old Republic: Revan.



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