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. The tradition could be conducted on a singular basis, or toward a group, and even in some cases, posthumously. 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.
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.
- The Old Republic: Revan (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (Mentioned only)
- Republic Commando: True Colors
- Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel
- Imperial Commando: 501st
- Boba Fett: A Practical Man (First appearance)
- Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines (Indirect mention only)
- Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice (Mentioned only)
- Legacy of the Force: Revelation (Indirect mention only)
- "The Mandalorians: People and Culture"—Star Wars Insider 86 (First mentioned)
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia