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"Kwisatz Haderach" is the name of a prophesied messiah in Frank Herbert's fictional Dune universe. Image File history File links Publicity still of Kyle MacLachlan in Dune This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organisation to promote their works in the media. ... Image File history File links Publicity still of Kyle MacLachlan in Dune This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organisation to promote their works in the media. ... Paul Atreides, as portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan in David Lynchs Dune (1985), wielding the infamous Weirding Module. Paul Orestes Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Kyle MacLachlan (born February 22, 1959, in Yakima, Washington) is a Golden Globe award winning American actor. ... For other persons named David Lynch, see David Lynch (disambiguation). ... Dune is a 1984 science fiction film written and directed by David Lynch, based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name. ... Kefitzat Haderech Hebrew (קְפִיצַת הַדֶּרֶךְ, possibly originally Tiberian Hebrew Qəp̄îṣáṯ hadDéreḵ, Standard Hebrew Qəfiẓat haDéreḫ, commonly Kfitzat haDérech) and means, verbatim, jumping of the path/road/way, a Hebrew equivalent of the English expression short cut. In Torah study and Jewish folklore, kefitzat haderech is the... Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... The fictional Dune universe, or Duniverse, is the political, scientific, and social setting of author Frank Herberts six-book Dune series of science fantasy novels. ...

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In Terminology of the Imperium, the glossary of the novel Dune, Frank Herbert provides the following definition: Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ...

KWISATZ HADERACH: "Shortening of the Way." This is the label applied by the Bene Gesserit to the unknown for which they sought a genetic solution: a male Bene Gesserit whose organic mental powers would bridge space and time. The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ...

The Kwisatz Haderach is also known as "the one who can be many places at once" in the texts.


The Bene Gesserit hoped to create a male who could survive the ritual spice agony that changes a female acolyte into a Reverend Mother, a male thus capable of absolute powers of prescience, able to predict all possible futures and to cause select threads of time to be realized through manipulation. A female Bene Gesserit was limited: In the Dune series of science fiction books by Frank Herbert, spice agony is an ordeal, in which an acolyte of the Bene Gesserit takes a massive overdose of the spice melange and confronts her inner self, and the selves of all her female ancestors. ... A Reverend Mother is a fictional character appearing in the novel Dune, being a Bene Gesserit woman who has finished her training. ...

She ... was confronted immediately with a cellular core, a pit of blackness from which she recoiled. That is the place where we cannot look, she thought. There is the place the Reverend Mothers are so reluctant to mention — the place where only a Kwisatz Haderach may look.[1]

The Sisterhood planned to use their Kwisatz Haderach to strengthen Bene Gesserit power among other power loci within the Empire.


The origin of Kwisatz Haderach is most likely from the Hebrew language expression Kefitzat Haderech (קפיצת הדרך), which literally means "jumping of the path/road/way", and translates to "the great breakthrough" or "the big advancement." It is also similar in meaning to the Hebrew expression Kitzur Haderech (קיצור הדרך), which literally means "shortening of the path/road/way" and translates to "the short cut." The Arabic cognate is Qfizat At-Tareeq (قفزة الطريق), the literal meaning of which is "jumping the road." However, the concept in Islamic tradition that most closely mirrors Kefitzat Haderech is Tay al-Ard.[citation needed][original research?] Hebrew redirects here. ... Kefitzat Haderech Hebrew (קְפִיצַת הַדֶּרֶךְ, possibly originally Tiberian Hebrew QÉ™p̄îṣáṯ hadDéreḵ, Standard Hebrew QÉ™fiẓat haDéreḫ, commonly Kfitzat haDérech) and means, verbatim, jumping of the path/road/way, a Hebrew equivalent of the English expression short cut. In Torah study and Jewish folklore, kefitzat haderech is the... // Tay al-Ard (Ø·ÛŒ الارض or طيّ الارض or طیّ الارض - literally folding up of the earth) is the name for thaumaturgical teleportation in the Islamic religious and philosophical tradition. ...


Dune

The Bene Gesserit breeding program had been conducted for centuries to preserve important bloodlines, but with the Kwisatz Haderach as its primary goal. A product of the program herself, Lady Jessica, concubine to the Duke Leto Atreides, had been instructed to bear him a daughter, but no sons. This daughter was to be wed to Feyd-Rautha, nephew of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen and heir to House Harkonnen, healing the generations-old rift between House Atreides and House Harkonnen. Their son would be the Bene Gesserit's long-awaited Kwisatz Haderach. However, Jessica fell in love with Leto, and produced for him the son he desired: Paul Atreides. The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ... Lady Jessica Atreides, portrayed by Saskia Reeves in the Dune miniseries Jessica Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Duke Leto Atreides, portrayed by William Hurt in the Dune miniseries Leto Atreides I is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Feyd-Rautha portrayed by Matt Keeslar in the Dune miniseries Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen is a key character in the science fiction novel Dune by Frank Herbert. ... Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, portrayed by Ian McNeice in the Sci-Fi Channels Dune miniseries The Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is a fictional character from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Emblem of House Harkonnen from Emperor: Battle for Dune For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Harkonnen. ... Emblem of House Atreides from Emperor: Battle for Dune For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Atreides. ... Paul Atreides, as portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan in David Lynchs Dune (1985), wielding the infamous Weirding Module. Paul Orestes Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


As Dune begins, the Sisterhood is still furious over Jessica's insubordination; the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, Jessica's former instructor, confronts her: Gaius Helen Mohiam is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...

"You were told to bear only daughters to the Atreides."
"It meant so much to him," Jessica pleaded.
"And you in your pride thought you could produce the Kwisatz Haderach!"
Jessica lifted her chin. "I sensed the possibility."
"You thought only of your Duke's desire for a son," the old woman snapped. "And his desires don't figure in this. An Atreides daughter could've been wed to a Harkonnen heir and sealed the breach. You've hopelessly complicated matters. We may lose both bloodlines now."

And yet Mohiam is somewhat intrigued by the potential she sees in 15-year old Paul. Unknown to them at first, Paul is indeed the Kwisatz Haderach, a generation earlier than expected. After later surviving the spice agony himself, Paul further explains the divide between the female Reverend Mother and the male Kwisatz Haderach:

There is in each of us an ancient force that takes and an ancient force that gives. A man finds little difficulty facing that place within himself where the taking force dwells, but it's almost impossible for him to see into the giving force without changing into something other than man. For a woman, the situation is reversed ... The greatest peril to the Giver is the force that takes. The greatest peril to the Taker is the force that gives. It's as easy to be overwhelmed by giving as by taking ... I'm at the fulcrum ... I cannot give without taking and I cannot take without ...[1]

Unprepared for his early arrival, the Bene Gesserit fail to control the young man as planned; by seizing control of the planet Arrakis and the all-important spice melange, Paul manages to seize control of the Known Universe. The very superbeing for whom the Bene Gesserit had schemed and waited becomes the instrument by which their order is diminished. Arrakis, (الراقص ar-rāqiṣ, the dancer) later Rakis (informally known as Dune) is a fictional desert planet featured in the Dune series of novels by Frank Herbert; it is the home of the Fremen (Zensunni wanderers) and later, the Imperial Capital under the Atreides Empire. ... Look up Melange in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The extended series

In Dune Messiah and Children of Dune, Paul and his Empire set the Imperium on a course that will ultimately last thousands of years. Much to the frustration of the Bene Gesserit, they do not control Paul or his son, Leto Atreides II, and even their breeding program is taken from them. Jessica's infraction becomes notorious to the Sisterhood; in the coming centuries, for a Bene Gesserit to choose her love over the instructions of her order is known as "the Jessica Crime". Dune Messiah is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, the second in a series of six novels. ... Children of Dune Children of Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, third in a series of six novels set in the Dune universe. ... Leto Atreides II (10,207-13,725 AG) is a fictional character in the Dune universe, created by Frank Herbert. ...


Due to the advent of Paul and Leto II and the millennia of oppression suffered by humanity, the Bene Gesserit become terrified of accidentally producing another Kwisatz Haderach. They believe that being able to see the future fixed the future along a certain path; to avoid this, the Bene Gesserit provoke the Honored Matres into destroying most of the remnants of Leto II, whose prescience had locked the human race into a fixed path. The Bene Gesserit also kill a number of offspring of the Atreides line in order to prevent another Kwisatz Haderach from controlling their destiny ever again. The Honored Matres are an organization in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in his Dune series of novels. ...


In Dune Messiah, the Face Dancer Scytale reveals that the Bene Tleilax "once bred a kwisatz haderach of our own." When asked how this individual was "overcome," he notes that "A creature who has spent his life creating one particular representation of his selfdom will die rather than become the antithesis of that representation." Mohiam realizes that the Kwisatz Haderach committed suicide. Face Dancers are a type of human in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... Scytale is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


Dune 7

In Sandworms of Dune (written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson), Duncan Idaho is revealed to be the final Kwisatz Haderach destined to bring together humans and thinking machines. While he is not a product of a breeding program, his multiple rebirths and deaths as a ghola throughout the series gave him the opportunity to gain experience and develop himself as no other human could. After the Oracle of Time banishes Omnius to an alternate dimension, Erasmus shares all his knowledge with him, making him the new evermind of the Synchronized Empire as well as the Kwisatz Haderach of the humans. Sandworms of Dune is the second part of the seventh book (until recently, called Dune 7) of the classic Dune series, along with Hunters of Dune. ... Duncan Idaho is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Norma Cenva is a fictional character from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Omnius is the evermind, or controlling intelligence, of the Thinking Machines in the Legends of Dune trilogy of novels and in Hunters of Dune, written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. ... Erasmus is a Thinking Machine in Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Andersons Legends of Dune trilogy. ...


References

  1. ^ a b Herbert, Frank (1965). Dune.
The fictional Dune universe, or Duniverse, is the political, scientific, and social setting of author Frank Herberts six-book Dune series of science fantasy novels. ... House Atreides House Corrino House Fenring House Harkonnen House Moritani House Ordos House Richese House Vernius Categories: | ... Emblem of House Atreides from Emperor: Battle for Dune For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Atreides. ... Emperor Frederick Corrino IV, played by Adrian Sparks, seated on the Golden Lion Throne (as seen in the computer game Dune 2000 by Westwood Studios) For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Corrino. ... Emblem of House Harkonnen from Emperor: Battle for Dune For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Harkonnen. ... Emblem of House Ordos from Emperor: Battle for Dune House Ordos is an insidious mercantile House in the Dune universe as presented in the Westwood Studios Dune video games. ... House Richese is a fictional noble family from the fictional universe of Frank Herberts Dune series. ... House Vernius is a fictional noble family from Frank Herberts Dune novels. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ... The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are an extremely xenophobic and isolationist society in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Face Dancers are a type of human in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... The Fish Speakers are a fictional army from Frank Herberts Dune universe, as depicted in the Dune series of science fiction novels. ... Spoiler warning: The Fremen are a group of people in the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert. ... The Honored Matres are an organization in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in his Dune series of novels. ... The Landsraad was a fictional organisation in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... A Mentat is a fictional profession or discipline in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ... Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV, portrayed by Giancarlo Giannini in the Dune miniseries The Padishah Emperor was the title of the hereditary rulers of the Padishah Empire in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... Emblem of the Imperial Sardaukar from Emperor: Battle for Dune The Sardaukar were a fictional army from Frank Herberts Dune universe, primarily featured in the science fiction novel Dune. ... The Spacing Guild is a fictional organization in Frank Herberts Dune universe created in a series of science fiction novels starting in Dune and ending with Chapterhouse Dune. ... In Frank Herberts Dune universe, the Suk School produces the universes most competent, trusted doctors. ... The Swordmasters of Ginaz are a fictional school of martial artists in Frank Herberts Dune novels. ... The Thinking Machines are a fictional group from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The Titans are a group of fictional characters in the Legends of Dune series of novels, written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson and set in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Below is a list of fictional planets named in the novels of the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Arrakis, (الراقص ar-rāqiṣ, the dancer) later Rakis (informally known as Dune) is a fictional desert planet featured in the Dune series of novels by Frank Herbert; it is the home of the Fremen (Zensunni wanderers) and later, the Imperial Capital under the Atreides Empire. ... Caladan is a fictional planet in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Giedi Prime is the name of a fictional planet set in Frank Herberts Dune universe described in the Dune science fiction novels. ... Ix is a fictional planet featured in the Dune novels by Frank Herbert. ... Kaitain is a fictional planet appearing in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ... Salusa Secundus is a fictional planet appearing in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ... Wallach IX is a notable fictional planet in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune. ... Sandworm from the cover of Heretics of Dune. ... Abomination, in the context of the Dune series written by Frank Herbert, refers to one who aquires full concience as a fetus as a result of being exposed to the spice agony, gaining to all their ancestral memories before birth. ... The Butlerian Jihad is an epic turning point in the back-story of Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... The Combine Honnete Ober Advancer Mercantile or CHOAM is a fictional universal development corporation in Frank Herberts Dune universe, which is first mentioned in Dune. ... Look up Melange in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Old Empire is a fictional galactic empire in the Dune-series. ... A Reverend Mother is a fictional character appearing in the novel Dune, being a Bene Gesserit woman who has finished her training. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In the Dune series of science fiction books by Frank Herbert, spice agony is an ordeal, in which an acolyte of the Bene Gesserit takes a massive overdose of the spice melange and confronts her inner self, and the selves of all her female ancestors. ... War of Assassins denotes a regulated form of conflict between noble houses in Frank Herberts Dune novels. ... The Water of Life is a fictional drug from Frank Herberts science fiction novel Dune. ... Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ... A stone burner detonation, from the Children of Dune miniseries. ... Axlotl tanks are a technology in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series. ... In the Dune series of science fiction books by Frank Herbert, a crysknife is a weapon made from the tooth of Shai-Hulud, the giant sandworms (collectively) that live below the sands of the desert planet Arrakis. ... A Ghola is a creature in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The Gom Jabbar is a fictional device appearing in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ... In the Dune world of Frank Herbert, the Heighliners of the Spacing Guild are enormous carrier spaceships used for interstellar travel. ... The Holtzman effect is a fictional scientific phenomenon in the Dune universe, created by Frank Herbert. ... A no-ship is a fictional type of spacecraft from the Dune science fiction series by Frank Herbert. ... stillsuit is a special shild you put on your body. ...

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Kwisatz Haderach - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (493 words)
The Kwisatz Haderach is a fictional name of a prophesied messiah figure in the Dune universe, created by Frank Herbert, and later extended by his son, Brian Herbert, alongside science fiction author Kevin J Anderson.
The phrase Kwisatz Haderach originally came from Hebrew (קְפִיצַת הַדֶּרֶךְ, possibly originally Tiberian Hebrew Qəp̄îṣáṯ hadDéreḵ, Standard Hebrew Qəfiẓat haDéreḫ, commonly Kfitzat haDérech) and means verbatim "jump of the path", a Hebrew archaic equivalent of the English expression "short cut".
Paul is the Kwisatz Haderach, and eventually sets the Imperium on a course lasting thousands of years in the person of his son, Leto Atreides II.
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