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The '''Litany against fear''' was an incantation spoken by characters in [[Frank Herbert]]'s ''[[Dune (novel)|Dune]]'' and sequels in order to focus their minds in times of peril. The litany is as follows:
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The '''Litany against fear''' was an incantation spoken by many highly educated people who faced danger or fear during their everyday lives. The incantation helped focus their minds in times of peril.
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== Content of the Litany ==
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The Litany was as follows:
   
 
:"I must not fear.
 
:"I must not fear.
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:And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
 
:And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
 
:Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
 
:Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
:Only I will remain."
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:Only I will remain." {{ref|Behind_the_Scenes}}
   
A slightly different version of this litany was used in the Dune miniseries and Children of Dune miniseries:
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== Origin ==
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This incantation was believed to have originated from the [[Bene Gesserit]], who themselves great dangers during their extensive training.
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== Examples of Usage ==
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[[Paul Atreides]], the son of [[Duke]] [[Leto Atreides I]], used the Litany when the [[Reverend Mother]] [[Gaius Helen Mohiam]] compelled him to put his right hand in a device that causes pain as a test of his intellect. The litany helped him to withstand the excruciating agony.
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== Behind the Scenes ==
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A slightly different version of this litany was used in the [[Dune (2000 miniseries)|Dune miniseries]] and [[Children of Dune (2003 miniseries)|Children of Dune miniseries]]:
   
 
: "I will not fear.
 
: "I will not fear.
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: I will face my fear.
 
: I will face my fear.
 
: I will let it pass through me."
 
: I will let it pass through me."
 
This incantation was believed to originate from the [[Bene Gesserit]]. [[Paul Atreides]], the son of [[Duke]] [[Leto Atreides I]], used it when the [[Reverend Mother]] [[Gaius Helen Mohiam]] compelled him to put his right hand in a device that causes pain as a test of his intellect. The litany helped him to withstand the excruciating agony.
 
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
*[http://www.aeriagloris.com/ThoughtsOfDune/LitanyAgainstFear.htm Litany Against Fear] - a philosophical perspective
 
*[http://www.aeriagloris.com/ThoughtsOfDune/LitanyAgainstFear.htm Litany Against Fear] - a philosophical perspective
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[[Category:Bene Gesserit]]

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The Litany against fear was an incantation spoken by many highly educated people who faced danger or fear during their everyday lives. The incantation helped focus their minds in times of peril.

Content of the Litany

The Litany was as follows:

"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain." ==References and notes==


Origin

This incantation was believed to have originated from the Bene Gesserit, who themselves great dangers during their extensive training.

Examples of Usage

Paul Atreides, the son of Duke Leto Atreides I, used the Litany when the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam compelled him to put his right hand in a device that causes pain as a test of his intellect. The litany helped him to withstand the excruciating agony.

Behind the Scenes

A slightly different version of this litany was used in the Dune miniseries and Children of Dune miniseries:

"I will not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
I will face my fear.
I will let it pass through me."

External links

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